I have started our Linked In Group and called it The Property Development Doctor which refers to the malaise of the Property Development Industry in the Multi-Apartment High Rise Sector.

The group was started in the wake of tragedies across the Globe in multi-apartment fires. The founder of the group is property development historian Dr Jonathan Drane. It is designed to help consumers and industry understand the reasons behind these defects and going beyond a technical explanation and into understanding the decay of property development processes and professional practices over many decades and evolutions. The focus is on defects in the Australian Commercial Property Development Industry in the High Rise Multi-Apartment Sector which is an area that is not protected well by legislative processes and licensing.

It follows on from my research into the State of Contemporary Property Development Structures.

It is designed as a business led action group against life threatening development practices and related defects in the Australian Commercial Construction industry. The quality of buildings in the multi-apartment sector is at the mercy of third level developer-builders who either do not understand quality processes or are not interested.

Visit The Group, join and tell your colleagues who might be interested:


By jon@jondrane.net

Dr Jonathan Drane is an independent researcher and advisor to government, corporate, legal and academic sectors. He applies research methods to solve complex problems through project analysis in the commercial construction and development sector. Jonathan is a recognised expert in city precinct development with an emphasis on activation of dormant cityscapes. Jonathan’s doctoral research project (2011 to 2014) studied dormant cityscapes in several Australian regional cities and how they were bought to life. Going beyond just a research emphasis he was involved in the revitalisation of the Palmer Street Precinct, Townsville (2003 to 2008) as a catalyst developer. In this way he has both researched and been involved as a practitioner in this specific field of urban activation. His advisory profile ranges from planning urban development of dormant cityscapes, to forensic analysis of complex construction and property development problems in legal and industry situations. Jonathan is also a recognised award winning author in the non-fiction and historical genre winning an award for his first book on the Camino de Santiago (The Way of a Thousand Arrows) in 2007 with the NSW Writers Centre.

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