State Government

We advise government departments on how planning policies and processes should respond to our changing world.

We prepare strategies and master plans to shape the development of growth areas and urban renewal precincts, including transit precincts, social housing estates and surplus government land.

We also undertake highest and best use assessments to inform compensation for land acquisition.

Recent State government projects include:

Traditional Owners Inclusion report - DELWP

Caulfield - VPA

Resilience project - ???

Apartment Guidelines - DHHS

Highett Gasworks - Development Victoria

Treasury Square - VicTrack

Green Wedge - DELWP

Why have we changed our name?

kinetica was formerly known as David Lock Associates (DLA).

David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd changed its name to Kinetica Studio Pty Ltd on 21 February 2020 to reflect the significant reinvention of the business.

Starting with the crystallisation of our vision and values, continuing with a transformation of our planning offer, and culminating in our move to a ‘grown up’ office in the CBD, we are no longer the business we were.

Paralleling these changes, we agreed with David Lock Associates Limited (the English business which gave birth to DLA Australia) that it is time to undo our formal corporate ties, while retaining a strong informal relationship.

This reinvention of the business needed to be expressed outwardly and we began the process of refreshing our graphic identity. DLA has been predominantly known for urban design expertise, and the name reflects our history as a satellite of an English business. A new name offered the opportunity to establish a refined brand, based on a home-grown organisation featuring planners and urban designers trusted for their expertise and independence.

Our new company name, kinetica, reflects our passion for change.  We facilitate and shape changes in the use, ownership and development of land to create a better lived experience.

kinetica retains the best of DLA—highly regarded independent urban design expertise—and combines it with highly regarded independent planning expertise.