Building community resilience

Resilience for individuals, households  and communities, especially in difficult times, is critical for their immediate and longer term well-being.

Nowhere is this more relevant than in our growth areas that have an embedded and heightened level of stress for households. They face many challenges unique to establishing a new home, and lifestyle in a modern, emerging community.

In excess of half the metropolitan growth occurs in growth areas. Growth area communities experience the serious lag between their settlement and the support of a broad range of essential community and transport infrastructure.

At kinetica, we are working with K2Planning, growth area councils and partnerships to better understand the attributes that influence the quality of resilience and community stress. Our work focuses upon the impact of land use planning and subsequent change on the lives, choices, stresses and vulnerability of individuals and communities.

The team at kinetica are developing and advising on planning policy and provisions that might be the first opportunity and reference to resilience as an organising principle addressing community health and safety in metropolitan planning schemes.

As a case study, our work draws the connection between resilience and its relationship to the management of gambling and gaming venues in growth areas.

Last year we worked with the City of Wyndham in reviewing their gaming policy and recast that policy with an eye for the distinctive challenge presented by communities that may not or only partially exist when an application for a gaming venues comes forward for decision making.

Currently kinetica and K2Planning are working with the Northern Metropolitan Partnership, the Cities of Hume and Whittlesea and the Shire of Mitchell, to further develop the scope of policy reform required to position and elevate resilience within the land use planning framework. The work is expected to extend through to local provisions that will inform local planning policy on gaming.

A socially cohesive Victoria is underpinned by social justice and equity in which all its people have a sense of belonging, acceptance and worth. They have equal opportunity to participate meaningfully in all aspects of society.

As well as being leading urban designers, we at kinetica, offer among our key platforms of work strategic planning and policy development..

Our expertise focuses on key policy areas of liveability; healthy and inclusive environments and our services are utilised by state and local government alike.

For additional information on this work or to explore the opportunities to engage our understanding and experience on resilience and or gaming, contact Rob Milner and Nicole Donnison.

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Why have we changed our name?

kinetica was formerly known as David Lock Associates (DLA).

David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd changed its name to Kinetica Studio Pty Ltd on 21 February 2020 to reflect the significant reinvention of the business.

Starting with the crystallisation of our vision and values, continuing with a transformation of our planning offer, and culminating in our move to a ‘grown up’ office in the CBD, we are no longer the business we were.

Paralleling these changes, we agreed with David Lock Associates Limited (the English business which gave birth to DLA Australia) that it is time to undo our formal corporate ties, while retaining a strong informal relationship.

This reinvention of the business needed to be expressed outwardly and we began the process of refreshing our graphic identity. DLA has been predominantly known for urban design expertise, and the name reflects our history as a satellite of an English business. A new name offered the opportunity to establish a refined brand, based on a home-grown organisation featuring planners and urban designers trusted for their expertise and independence.

Our new company name, kinetica, reflects our passion for change.  We facilitate and shape changes in the use, ownership and development of land to create a better lived experience.

kinetica retains the best of DLA—highly regarded independent urban design expertise—and combines it with highly regarded independent planning expertise.