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Dr Jonathan Drane is the founder of Optimum Search City Research Centre OSCR which was established in 1993 as a research and advisory consultancy. It has been an independent researcher and advisor to government, corporate, legal  and academic sectors.

The central theme of research has been city growth dynamics and the emphasis on high rise development and its impact on cities.

OSCR applies research methods to solve complex problems through project analysis in the commercial construction and development sector.

Here are some of the activities we are engaged in:

Forensic Analysis of Defective Buildings: Expert Witness, Research, Advisory

Jonathan undertakes forensic analysis of the systems of development and construction that often lead to building defects that are witnessed in the Australian commercial high rise building sector. See news articles in side bar —>

Join Our Linked In Group: The Property Development Doctor

The group was started in the wake of tragedies across the Globe in multi-apartment fires.  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.

Property Development Master Classes

Jonathan provides executive education on the property development process to industry executives in the government, business and academic sector on property development and city growth dynamics with a focus on city precinct activation.

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See https://mclass.jondrane.net/ to review class programme and book a class.

City Precinct Activation: Advisory & Research

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.

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Research Publications: City Growth Dynamics

Jonathan was awarded a doctorate at UNSW Faculty of Built Environment in March 2015 for his dissertation ‘The Seed in the Cityscape- The property development mechanism and its influence on the growth of cities’. The research was conducted under an Australian Post Graduate Award. The research gathered together two decades of prior research.

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Books

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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Relevant Links:

Link to UNSW Library for Published Doctorate

Research Sites – Jonathan Drane

Jonathan’s Linked In Profile

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