Welcome to Placefocus

Australia's most diverse range of training and resources, as well as, advice on capacity-building and strategic planning for Placemaking - since 2009.

Placefocus enables practical application of Placemaking and urban design by providing training and information available for face-to-face and online. For you and your team. As well as expert advice and consulting on Placemaking and urban design.

Call Andrew Hammonds on (+617) 3102 1976 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Independent advice and strategy:

“Add value and position your streets, places and centres for a unique point of difference.”

  • Placemaking advice
  • Brief preparation
  • Strategy
  • Peer review
  • Planning and urban design advice
  • Place management
  • Place Action maps
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Place audits
  • Coaching
  • Presentations
  • Social media development
  • Networking
  • Client representative roles...

Kelvin Grove Urban Village, Brisbane, QLD, AUS: Urban Design and Planning and MasterplanningValue: convert dead spaces into vibrant money-making places. 

We identify short and long term ideas and strategies – including Lighter Quicker and Cheaper. These enable ideas to be prototyped and tweaked. Importantly many of the solutions involve commerce – or people making money!

Positioning: deliver on the needs and expectations of users and best practice. 

We explore the context to drive authenticity, establish a baseline and ultimately understand the problem. We consolidate the aspiration with a vision, measurable objectives and best practice principles.

Point of Difference: authentic places which have a reputation for attracting and retaining people. 

Differentiation in our modern world is simply about creating places were people are king – not cars and creating an experience that no other place can offer.

Update skills in Placemaking and urban design

“People make places. Not consultants. We remind you how.”

  • Purchase our manual and e-workbooks;
  • Enrol in on-line or ‘face to face’ courses;
  • Enable your team through ‘in-house‘ training; 
  • Gain traction with our targeted workshops – Place Platform;
  • Obtain independent audits of you organisation or place
  • Keep up to date through PlacePost our newsletter

Enabling your team: Place Creation is our 2 day in-house training workshop from $273 pp.

Place Proposal Presentation - Townsville, QLD, AUSEmpowers colleagues to share knowledge and transfer practice into their roles. A dynamic "in-house" learning experience which also generates Place Proposals.

“I commend this course to all people who wish to improve the quality of our urban places”  Philip Follent LFRAIA, Queensland Government Architect 2008 -11.

Other training options to support your team to deliver organisational outcomes include - Place PlatformThree hour LaunchpadOnline learning for your team

Supurban 2012 Goodwill Bridge Brisbane QLD AUSLearn on the streets: Place Immersion is our two-day course and study tour in the cities we love from $1,650.

Taking it to the streets... over two days we share 'place skills' on Placemaking and urban design as we walk through streets and places of Australian cities. Enabling you to make the most of the places you influence.

"The Place Immersion workshop helped me to increase the breadth and depth of my knowledge regarding urban design and place making. Consequently I am now about to embark on a place making focused project which will be enhanced by what I learnt during the course”  Tracey O'Connor, Senior Project Officer, Landscape Architecture, Whitehorse City Council.

From project to place: Place Platform is our project initiation workshop. 

We help clients, consultants and stakeholders gain traction to transition from project led to place led. We combine targeted workshops with theory of Placemaking and urban design.

manual cover 2011Practical reference to Placemaking + Urban Design: buy our 183 page Manual from $49.00

It provides a uniquely Australian reference and guide to delivering quality places within our urban environment. It explains the key principles, qualities and processes of urban design, drawing upon theory and best practice to illustrate outcomes. Information is provided on over 30 tools which can be used in the process of Place Creation.

"Course reference manual is invaluable. It covers current best practice urban design thoroughly with many case study examples to demonstrateDaniel Herrmann, Melbourne.

Learn without time away from work: enrol in our four week online course - $599.00 (plus GST if applicable).

Available anywhere in the worldEfficient and interactive training which is available anywhere and anytime  A leading edge, self paced learning experience - group blog and chat room, video presentation, video clips, expert interviews, stimulating images, best practice examples, field study, mental maps... A self paced and interactive learning experience.

"It provides an excellent introduction into place making and urban design principles, and enables you to understand some of the reasons why some places are successful and why others are not." David Jones, KEO International Consultants, United Arab Emirates, online March 2012.

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