Newcastle - A City for People


Gilbert Rochecouste

Founder and Managing Director, VillageWell

Gilbert is recognised both nationally and internationally as a leading voice in placemaking. He is a sought-after speaker and motivator, known for his innovative thinking, dynamic engagement processes and inspirational approach to community activation. His catalyst ideas have regenerated iconic places and enlivened many urban and rural communities.

Placemaking is the art and science of making authentic, vibrant and resilient places that are valued by their communities and admired by visitors. It is a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to planning and developing places that involves understanding the culture and qualities of a place and the wisdom of its community. It involves collaboration between many stakeholders to articulate a vision for a place and to plan and deliver the vision.

Gilbert will outline placemaking activities the West End Advisory Group are now doing.