Alain de Botton is a modern day philosopher with a knack for revealing extraordinary truths often concealed by their ordinariness. One of these is that a significant source of our happiness and misery is as a result of the environment we’re surrounded by. Dreary surroundings can feel soul-shattering, while beautiful, vital settings are “an eloquent reminder of our full potential.” De Botton wrote an entire book on this subject, The Happiness of Architecture, which I highly recommend for its approachable, thought-provoking central thesis: Where we are heavily influences who we can be.
If you’ve read any of my previous musings, you’ll know that this sounds a lot like the philosophy that guides the Frasers Property Australia approach to design and sustainability. Our touchstone is always: “Life’s best experiences are created by people connecting in memorable places.” Which for us means making places that transcend the sterility and sameness of the average cookie-cutter retail centre, and instead actively drive the design of healthy, living spaces that foster enjoyment, familiarity, togetherness and dare I say...happiness.
We believe that life’s best experiences are created by people connecting in memorable places. Our leasing team makes this happen, right across Australia.
Living Building Challenge Manager
Stephen Choi holds Masters degrees in both architecture and sustainability. He concurrently acts as Frasers Property Australia's Living Building Challenge Manager and the Living Future Institute of Australia's Executive Director. Stephen has unique experience in both single buildings and environmentally-driven masterplanning, with several of his projects achieving industry recognition for progressing green building. His work has included the development of environmental assessment methods, ultra-low consumption retrofits and writing sustainable development into educational curriculum.