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Cities have always been designed with very distinct precincts in mind. CBDs would be filled exclusively with office buildings; buzzing with life during the week but completely empty on weekends when the shopping and entertainment precincts would then come alive.

Hames Sharley Albion Exchange
The $750 million Hames Sharley-designed Albion Exchange project by Geon Property is envisioned to become the anchor of an emerging suburb. Image: Hames Sharley

Cities have always been designed with very distinct precincts in mind. CBDs would be filled exclusively with office buildings; buzzing with life during the week but completely empty on weekends when the shopping and entertainment precincts would then come alive.

This separation divided cities into completely different zones for work and play. However, there has been a shift in the way cities are designed.

The lines between work and play are blu…