The Art of Crafting

  • Edward J. Blakely
  • Richard Hu


This chapter draws upon the innovative practices we have examined, both overseas and at home, and synthesises and consolidates them into a ‘crafting’ approach to innovative place making. The chapter begins by presenting five crafting tools—milieu, catalyst, collaboration, place making, and financing—and examines each of these tools closely to reveal how it works. We then turn to regional Australia to explore innovation potential and new economic opportunities for regional urban centres and non-metropolitan areas. The chapter suggests six strategic opportunities for regional Australia in the new context of a global digital era, and offers four strategic elements that have proven useful in driving local economic development. On the basis of these crafting tools and strategic directions, a crafting paradigm is developed for innovative place making, underpinned by the triple pillars of vision, strategy, and support. This paradigm has wider application than simply the Australian context.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward J. Blakely
    • 1
  • Richard Hu
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.University of CanberraCanberraAustralia

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