From January 2022, wOnder city+landscape sets up base in Launceston, Tasmania.

wOnder’s director Hans Oerlemans is looking forward to extend wOnder’s network to Tasmania, while still keeping strong connections with Western Australia.

DevelopmentWA has appointed ‘Team Agile’ to its Planning and Urban Design Panel. Team Agile is formed around Aboriginal business, Nyungar Birdiyia.

Nyungar Birdiyia’s executive director, Neville Collard, captures the spirit of the collaboration when he advises, ‘Be generous with the people you’re working with – it’s important that we work together.’ 

Insight Urbanism’s director Brett Wood-Gush, who leads ‘Team Agile’, comments: ‘Nyungar Birdiyia’s work with METRONET, where they provided a suite of Noongar Cultural Context Documents and engagement guidelines that impressed us. Previously, Neville and Paul produced great outcomes at Yagan Square and Scarborough Beach. So we were delighted that they wanted to partner with us. To our knowledge, this is the first time any Government agency has been able to appoint an Aboriginal business in this particular way.’ 

Together we cover a full suite of planning and design disciplines, from statutory planning to place-making, planning economics to landscape architecture, to urban design. We have professional depth, emerging talent, and with MNG at our side, immense spatial data access.
Team Agile website

During the first half of 2021, a group of well-established firms specialised in planning and urban design came together to for TEAM AGILE.

Unique about TEAM AGILE is that:

* the collaboration is formed around an Aboriginal-owned business

* all firms involved are director-owned small companies, each with decades of experience, combining expertise and personal commitment to quality

* the team brings a broad expertise of disciplines, with firms complement each other, creating flexibility for highly tailored advice

* the collaboration of small, specialised firms keeps overheads low, enabling competitive fees and allowing us to focus on projects rather than running an organisation

* place-based processes and place-responsive design are at our core 

TEAM AGILE is a collaboration of Insight Urbanism, Nyungar Birdiyia, Town Team Movement, Lorraine Elliot Planning, Dynamic Planning and Development, Edgefield, wOnder city+landscape, MarketPlace and MNG.

For more information, click Team Agile – Profile Brochure

Last December wOnder’s leading man Hans Oerlemans gave a lecture at the UDAL Forum on culture in planning and design.


First prof. Darryl Low Choy talked about the current challenges in Queensland towards planning and culture. He then showed the research Griffith University has done on Indigenous values in the landscape of South East Queensland.


Hans started examining the ‘old=bad’ mentality of modern planning. He argued it is an important barrier towards a sustainable future. Next he showed how the alternative attitude of ‘preservation through development’ principle changed planning in Netherlands over the last 15 years.


The forum ended with discussions in several groups and a sharing of their findings.


To see a summary of the Forum, click:

Summary UDAL Forum ‘Continuity of Culture’

or on the pdf-icon on the news page.


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