PolisPlan is a mobile consultancy of planning and engineering professionals that hopes to facilitate social change by encouraging and assisting communities around Australia in the development of their urban environment. We can assist you to collaborate in the delivery of public infrastructure, cooperate to manage the natural environment and in so doing, build a sense of community. By focusing on engaging and collaborating with neighbours and other members of the local community, both the individual and collective needs of all members of the community can be satisfied.
We work with local government, community groups or private developers to implement emerging ideas such as online sharing economy platforms, (sometimes called collaborative consumption), community renewable energy schemes, circular economy principles, cohousing and Transition Town ideas.
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. Existing towns can also transition to a more resilient and dynamic local economy using these same strategies.
We also engage in creative writing and documentary photography as a means of conveying the ideas we advocate. In August 2014 we launched an exhibition and published two books: Rethinking the City by Steven Liaros and Fate or Destiny by Nilmini De Silva. We will continue to publish books and other creative works that align with our objectives and philosophy.
Our philosophy is simply that cities are a reflection of 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, our private property and personal assets and how much time do we invest in others?
At PolisPlan, our aim is to highlight the value of the public domain, public interests, public infrastructure, shared assets and the public good.