Great cities define themselves by the quality of their public spaces and a hallmark of sustainable custodianship is best practice place making. Place making is the integration of all aspects of a place for economic, cultural and social benefits.
Place making is the sum total of complementary actions which consider the place as a whole. Maintaining lively and well-kept spaces is critical to the success of special places.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) is responsible for Darling Harbour and The Rocks, providing a clear vision for the future to coordinate place management and renewal. SHFA has been recognised as a leader in place making thanks to the mix of activities and events staged at The Rocks and Darling Harbour each year.
These events include the award-winning Fire Water, The Rocks Windmill and Village Bizarre at The Rocks. The Month of Love, Cool Yule, Santa Fest and over 20 diverse cultural festivals throughout the year at Darling Harbour. These events draw hundreds of thousands of visitors and are excellent examples of place making to improve experiences and attract more visitors.
Place making also encompasses the revitalisation of vacant heritage building through the incorporation of new services and improved access, while allowing the building's history to remain visible. An example of maximising social and economic uplift of State owned buildings and public spaces is the former No. 4 Police Station, located on 127-129 George Street, The Rocks. Operating as a police station from 1882 until 1974, the historic building is arguably the Colonial Architect James Barnet's finest small-scale building. The former Police Station has been creatively and respectfully adapted for a new life as a restaurant, winning National Commendation for Heritage in the 2014 AIA National Architecture Awards.
Good place making results in a prosperous city and is vital to positioning Sydney globally through quality and vibrant public spaces.
Last update: Wednesday 13 January 2016