The Place Makers

Episode 3 explores the role of green space, heritage, art and sustainability in great placemaking across Asia Pacific.


The Place Makers Series, hosted by Amanda Steele, CBRE’s former Executive Managing Director, Property Management, explores Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo to discover how imagination and clever design are creating places that matter: green space and urban regeneration shaping spaces, new precincts for new generations that bring in the community, as well as retail and office towers that encourage connection and creativity by surrounding people with art murals and installations.

Discover insights from some of the most influential place makers and innovative spaces: Gardens by the Bay, South Beach Singapore, Changi Airport, Ginza Six, TokyoDex, Barangaroo and Lendlease.

What is placemaking?

The idea of putting people at the heart of the design process is called placemaking and right across Asia Pacific, architects, developers and investors are creatively answering the challenges of urbanisation and population growth by creating spaces that people are happier living and working in.

The places... and the mastermind behind them

  • Pauline Goh discusses the importance of green space and the wonderful culture of placemaking in Singapore, particularly evident at Gardens by the Bay.

  • Samantha Tan from South Beach Consortium explains how the 150,000 square metre eco-quarter in downtown Singapore is one of the world's best examples of sustainability and placemaking.

  • Amanda, Mary Mumbulla and Seamus McCartney, discuss how Aboriginal people lived for 60,000 years in the Barangaroo area, which is now home to one of the most important urban regeneration projects.

  • Khaja Nazimuddeen, Head of Horticulture, talks about how Changi is an airport in a garden, and how its commitment to fabulous placemaking has seen it win world's best airport for 7 years in a row.

  • Chinatsu Kaneko from CBRE Tokyo and Daniel Harris Rosen from Tokyodex discuss how art and open, agile spaces are redefining Japanese corporate culture.

  • Taku Yamaumi from L Catterton Real Estate Advisors, discusses the newest and most sophisticated retail development in Tokyo, and how art, heritage and a sublime public rooftop garden are key to this great example of urban placemaking.