Australia's most diverse range of training and resources, as well as advice, on Placemaking and urban design - 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.
Independent advice and strategy:
“Add value and position your streets, places and centres for a unique point of difference.”
Value: 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.”
Enabling your team: Place Creation is our 2 day in-house training workshop from $273 pp.
Empowers 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.
Learn 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.
Practical 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 demonstrate" Daniel Herrmann, Melbourne.
Learn without time away from work: enrol in our four week online course - $599.00 (plus GST if applicable).
Efficient 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.