Our purpose

We are the leading advocate for cities and places as sustainable, productive and inclusive drivers in the economy.

Our work

The relationships between technology, data, people and place are changing rapidly. We believe our planning and design practices have not caught up.


We are creating the Future of Place Handbook to help us take advantage of these changes, and shape the best places for people.

We use the 'future of place' term as meaning the transformation of spaces - such car parks, footpaths, laneways, parks, plaza's, highstreets, suburban centres, neighbourhoods and precincts - to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our 'north star'

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) are being used as the guiding framework for thinking about the future of place. These 17 Goals are an urgent call for action by all cities and countries to provide peace and prosperity for people and planet.

SDG 11 alone seeks to shape cities that are inclusive, resilient and sustainable. Goals 3, 5 and 8 address issues of wellbeing, equity and prosperity. And issues relating to infrastructure, landscape and governance are further advanced in SDG 9, 15 and 16 respectively.

All of these issues are 'place' issues.

With a milestone of 2030, the SDG's are the perfect framework to think about the future of place, and how technology and data can help accelerate these outcomes for people and place.


The Primer

We have compiled our 'Big Picture' Primer for the Future of Place project to share our 'why?'. We encourage you to review the e-book and share your views. Email us anytime at: engagement@futureofplace.org

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