Gilbert Rochecouste is recognised in Australia and globally as a leader in Placemaking - creating Great Places for people. He is a sought after international speaker and motivator. He has successfully worked with 1000’s of communities, cities, towns and transforming their streets and spaces over the past 25 years. By crafting a powerful integrated approach to creating vibrant, resilient and loved places. He is unique in how he blends commerce, culture, community and ecology using the 5 P’s of Placemaking. These loved places become magnetic destinations that are socially, culturally and commercially successful.
He leads a multi-disciplinary team of placemakers, researchers and designers under the banner of “The Village Well” which he founded in 1992. Known as a provocateur of positive change and inspiration, his bold ideas and some of his projects have helped make Melbourne the most livable city. Examples of great placemaking magic are:
- Flinders Lane (“the laneways”) & Degraves Street Activation and Place Vision
- Abbotsford Covent Vision
- Kings Cross Vision and Activation Plan
- Creation of the Queen Victoria Summer and Winter Night Markets