Inclusive city planning is concerned with improving access to quality jobs, housing, amenities and essential services for all and giving underrepresented communities a voice in the planning process. This urban planning and design studio has focused on the social, spatial, and economic dimensions of inclusive city planning through the lens of industrial lands and their surrounding communities. My team was Annie Fraser, Amber Hille, Aaron Tepe and Edward Howe.

East Preston Industrial Precinct skyline

We are proposing a policy and implementation plan for the East Preston Industrial Precinct, with the aim of increasing inclusivity and protecting its immense value to the local region and Greater Melbourne. Our exploration of what inclusivity meant for industrial lands, and more specifically East Preston, led us to a vision that aims to respond to the threats of displacement while promoting accessibility and connection to the local and surrounding area that it is rooted in.

Locating East Preston

Our site within East Preston Industrial Precinct is bounded by Darebin Creek to the east, Albert Street to the west, Murray Road to the north and Dundas Street to the South

History Timeline

The current conditions of the site carry the legacy of its historic land uses, and remnants of its industrial mix continue to exist and define the precinct

Four Pillars and Scale

Four guiding principles have been adapted from Brundtland’s pillars of sustainability. They are Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental.

This implementation plan will address scale; looking at how projects can be scaled up, out, and deep. Scaling up aims to affect higher level policy and statutory planning. Scaling out aims to be replicated in other sites across Melbourne and Victoria. And scaling deep aims to change societal norms and impact cultural roots.


The central goal of inclusion is explored through four pillars which reflect the holistic aim of the precinct plan. Although each pillar has its own specialisations, there are many shared principles which fulfill different needs. Employment, community, and celebration of diversity are some of key features throughout the precinct, with the transformation to a climate resilient precinct being at the heart of the project.

Economic Policy 03 (Hand Drawings by Annie Fraser)

The Commercial 3 Zone is a new planning tool which can be applied to help facilitate business growth and innovation in select parts of Victoria. It is a mixed-use employment zone which is intended to facilitate the establishment and growth of creative industries, small manufacturers and start-up businesses. The zone promotes the creation of dense, economically diverse, affordable, accessible and amenity-rich precincts which are attractive to new and emerging businesses.
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