PLAN E approaches design from a community-based perspective, with the understanding that environments are social spaces that should be inspiring and engaging, allowing people to interact with and respond to it. We aim to design spaces that invite participation in their materiality and form and encourage meaningful connections between people and place. A well designed urban environment is both socially and economically successful, good to live in and attractive to visit. Good civic and community spaces foster social connections by providing compelling spaces to gather, relax, and interact.

Form and fabric of a place

Our work at Ellenbrook, including the Ellenbrook Town Square and Ellen Stirling Gardens, and our work in the City of Perth at Forrest Place and Kings Square demonstrates our understanding that the form and fabric of a place defines the living environment, and the establishment of a hierarchy of both public and private spaces provides clarity of function and movement. We strive to create socially inclusive and relevant environments that are highly accessible to all and enhance community wellbeing. To achieve this PLAN E employs a wide range of Place Making techniques developed over 20 years of research and implementation.

Community wellbeing includes, in particular, community safety and security. To ensure both passive and active urban environments are safe and secure for public use, these attributes are well considered in PLAN E’s designs through both sound awareness of current relevant safety codes and standards, as well as consideration of CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) principles.   Our work on significant public infrastructure projects, including the Northbridge Link project, demonstrates PLAN E is fully conversant with the latest safety codes and standards.


For more information on the benefits of landscape architecture in Civic & Urban Design, download our Capability Statement