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Thursday, October 3 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Placebreaking: How to Kill a City's Nighttime Culture and Public Life

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Rather than focusing on a placemaking success story, this session will showcase a growing trend called “placebreaking”. We will discuss the initiatives, policy changes and targeted steps a city can inadvertently take to minimize opportunities for streetscape vibrancy, decimate a night time economy, and promote the development of inequitable public space (sarcasm intended). Sydney will feature as a key case study as a city which has experienced global praise as the 2000 Olympics host city to being considered the ˜least fun” city to live in the world (Timeout, 2016) nearly two decades later. We will explore how placebreaking can lead to the development of exclusive ˜high rise” communities who enjoy private open space whilst leaving the street level experience cold, clinical, and contained to the interests of the immediate catchment. The learning objective of this session is to educate fellow placemakers on the prevalence of placebreaking, how it has adversely impacted cities, and how to advocate against it.

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Matthew Gollan

Creative Director / Co-founder, Reactivate Consulting
Matthew is an experienced placemaker and urban strategist with over a decade of experience in urban planning, place management, placemaking, activation strategy and community engagement. After working with numerous Australian municipal councils, developers, schools and universities... Read More →
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Andrew Coward

Strategy Director / Co-founder, Reactivate Consulting
Andrew is an experienced built environment strategist and placemaker with over a decade’s worth of experience working across Australia, Japan and South East Asia. Andrew is the co-founder of Reactivate Consulting, a specialist project activation consultancy working with communities... Read More →
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Ben Gollan

Director / Founder, A Man and His Sandwich
Ben Gollan is the founder and director of the popular New York food and drink experience company ‘A Man and His Sandwich.’In 2016, Ben left behind his life as lawyer and public servant in Sydney, Australia, to search the globe for the world’s best sandwich. After travelling... Read More →
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Neil Warner O'Connell

Head of Architecture, Meriton
Neil Warner O’Connell is a registered architect and built environment professional, responsible for overseeing the design department at Australia’s largest condominium and apartment developer, Meriton Group.  The private company has designed, developed and built more than 75,000... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Chattanooga Public Library, Auditorium