In 1998, Fiona Roche the Executive Chairman of the developer Estates Development Company, was contemplating how planning for the development of Jindee should commence. In that year, she attended a conference in San Francisco. One of the speakers was Andres Duany, a world-renowned architect and urban planner. Andres advocated, with great intelligence and insight, that the feelings of wellbeing which can uplift us in a natural environment, were also possible in an environment created by humans for humans.
Andres spoke of the attractions of the great cities of the world; of the small villages on the coast or hill tops of the Mediterranean; towns in South America; or Asian cities. The places that people travel long distances to see and above all experience.
He also lectured on how these better outcomes could be achieved – even in worlds where high functional regulation and endless conformity to standards often results in average outcomes.
“When we bring all that together, we have the makings of a diverse and vibrant community where everyone loves to live because it feels right.”
The Capacity to maintain the original Vison has been possible via Andres’ second in charge, Ludwig Fontalvo Abello. Ludwig has remained integral to the development processes and returns to Perth from Philadelphia (where he now lives) at least a couple of time a year. In addition, local urban designers and planners, Roberts Day, have kept a steady hand on the statutory outcomes. They have also integrated knowledge of local, much loved precincts (Frementle, Cottesloe and Rottnest) that Andres and Ludwig have both relied on, into the approval processes.
From this, the Vision for Jindee has been solidified and we are now implementing it with the assistance of the Department of Planning and the City Of Wanneroo. This has been through a formal Innovation Agreement that has enabled us to seek changes and adaptions to the standard approval responses and engineering responses. Now the engagement of new residents and builders who have embraced our codes and Architectural Standards has strengthened the Vision and further encouraged us.
We plan to continue to implement the Vision and in doing so, will test the boundaries of normal development. We hope the outcomes will meet Andrews expectations of a place that lifts the human spirit, like that of a natural environment.