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27 October 2021

Movement and Place: Meet the Team

Movement and Place recognises that streets are more than just a means of travel; they are also destinations, intended for convenient use by pedestrians, as well as vehicles.


Movement and Place in Victoria

The Movement and Place Framework was developed by the Department of Transport to support the efficient integration of transport and land use planning via a decision making assessment that weighs up the linkages between movement, place, safety and environmental outcomes.

This framework identifies the priorities and conflicts of establishing project objectives which aim to close the performance gaps between the ‘here and now’ and ‘aspirations’ of a particular location.

The Movement and Place Framework is primarily a strategic tool used by the State Government to develop business cases in transport network planning and land use integration. However, the theory and principles underpinning the framework can be used in any project as we witness the increased consideration granted to Movement and Place in most activity centre transport planning projects.


It’s a journey

The Movement and Place Framework is still evolving to absorb industry best practises from around the world and apply these within a Melbourne and regional Victorian context. We envisage Movement and Place also becoming a predominant part of development planning within the near future, at both a precinct and site level.

While Movement and Place seeks to create a common language across different disciplines, it certainly works best when a diversity of experience, skills and experience come together in the same room, with representatives from transport planning, transport engineering, urban and planning and landscape design.  


Meet the Movement and Place Ratio team

Associate Ben Krastins: Transport

What does Movement and Place mean to you? Movement and Place means something different to everyone but provides a common purpose to improve the way we travel and the places we work, eat, sleep and meet!   

What makes you uniquely qualified to make Movement and Place assessments? Ratio offers a working environment where we get to work with urban designers, planners and engineers everyday, so not only do we understand each other, but we also work better together.

What about Movement and Place primarily interests you? The ability to work closely with a range of authority and community stakeholders to enhance the safety, accessibility and enjoyment of our activity centres.


Associate Manesha Ravji: Transport

What does Movement and Place mean to you? Movement and Place adopts a sustainable approach to transport planning that recognises streets are a destination in their own right, as well as a means of transporting people.

Why are you uniquely qualified to make Movement and Place assessments? I have extensive experience in transport planning for activity centres and structure plans. This has involved working in the thought leadership process which drove Movement and Place in Victoria.

How does Movement and Place primarily interest you? The sustainable aspects of Movement and Place interest me. It’s important that movement to a place can be undertaken by all transport modes, with a particular focus on sustainable modes such as walking and cycling.


Senior Planner Erica Orfanos: Urban Design/Planning

What does Movement and Place mean to you? Movement and Place to me is a collaborative process aimed to simplify the complex language of traffic engineers, urban designers and planners.

Why are you uniquely qualified to make Movement and Place assessments? As an urban designer/ planner with experience across planning and placemaking, I have become adept at translating the qualitative elements of ‘place’ into the quantitative elements of Movement and Place assessments.

How does Movement and Place primarily interest you? In a field that tends to make things more complex than necessary, the Movement and Place process cleverly strips back an arduous technical assessment to a ‘first principles’ approach which is what makes it so engaging. I am interested and supportive of any process that makes large-scale assessments simpler, particularly when working with professionals with varied specialist backgrounds and collaborating across the public and private sector.


Urban Designer Ariel Utz Wirnsberger: Urban Design / Landscape Architect

What does Movement and Place mean to you? Any transport initiative or transport infrastructure form an integral part of our urban environment. Movement and Place is a new approach that acknowledges the complexity of our cities as being comprised of various social, infrastructure and natural layers, encouraging a more integral vision for transport initiatives for the future.

Why are you uniquely qualified to make Movement and Place assessments? As an urban designer and landscape architect, I possess the knowledge and tools to assess urban environments from multiple angles. This assessment, which forms part of the Movement and Place approach, sets the basis for subsequent discussions on transport alternatives. 

How does Movement and Place primarily interest you? Urban challenges should be addressed with a multidisciplinary approach. Movement and Place is a tool that can bring different professions (and ‘languages’) together, allowing engineers, urban designers, planners and other professionals to tackle urban challenges in a more efficient way.      


Why Ratio?

We are a unique grouping of professionals able to produce sustainable and comprehensive solutions to complex urban challenges.  

Ratio’s multidisciplinary expertise allow us to consider all aspects of Movement and Place projects and practically deliver outcomes for strategic projects.

We are well-versed in collaboration: Movement and Place is simply a new format for our talented team to exercise their strengths.

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