PolisPlan is a partnership of planning and engineering professionals with expertise in strategic land-use planning (private use of land), local infrastructure planning (public use of land) and flood risk management (land use impacts on, and improvements to, natural systems). Our objective is to better integrate these activities for the benefit of citizens. That is, to build better cities. We also engage in creative writing and documentary photography as a means of conveying the ideas we advocate.
In August 2014 we published two books: Rethinking the City by Steven Liaros and Fate or Destiny by Nilmini De Silva. In doing so we have established ourselves as a publishing house. The PolisPlan imprint will continue to publish books and other creative works that align with our objectives and philosophy.
PolisPlan aims to encourage and assist communities to build their cities by collaborating in the delivery of public infrastructure, cooperating to manage the natural environment and in so doing, building a sense of community. We each have over 20 years experience working with local government, developers, land-owners and local communities. Our experience enables us to assist communities who are building their private housing integrated with their shared infrastructure so as to create ‘intentional communities’, integrated eco-villages or co-operative housing.
Our philosophy is simply that cities reflect their citizens. We believe it is our own choices that create the city we live in and therefore the life that we lead.
The city consists of private property and the public domain; the parts that are owned exclusively by individuals and corporations and the parts that we share. The public domain includes our shared infrastructure, our shared natural environment and our shared desire to live in a just city.
The question then is, how much time do we invest in managing ourselves and our personal assets and how much time do we invest in others?
At PolisPlan, our aim is to highlight the value of the public domain and public interests as a means of balancing the enhancement of private interests.