Place Blogs - urban design and placemaking

Maintaining the conversation - information about our blogs on urban design and placemaking.

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Image: I spent an afternoon walking around Grafton prior to running a 2 day corporate course on urban design and placemaking. As we confirmed in the course, the city centre has a strong urban design foundation. Therefore, more of a placemaking exercise to compete with the 'out-of-centre' big box shopping complex. 

My name is Andrew Hammonds and I am the Owner and Founder of Placefocus. We consistently receive positive feedback about the conversation among participants on our courses in urban design and placemaking. While there are common qualities to the places we like, our own views matter. 

As suggested by participants, we started this blog to continue this conversation on-line. We write on urban design and placemaking. We focus on trends, leadership, resources, sectors and places. We also occasionally write about the resources we am discovering.

We welcome guest blogs to share the ideas of others - Eight tips to write a great blog.

Our goal is to create insightful, relevant content to apply to the places you use or create. If you are working in urban design or placemaking - or would like to improve your place - then this blog is for you!

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  1. Place Post - get updates every day we post something new, typically one to two times a week.
  2. Place Infocus - collection of posts on targeted topics - eg retail or government buildings.
  3. Place Digest - get an overview of the month's posts, ideal if you prefer a summary over a weekly blog

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My top Blogs

If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my most popular posts:

Place Post 8: Are you a Placemaker or a Placemanager? Tell us in our survey!

Place Post 7: Shouldn't the users of places vote?

Place Post 6: Ten strategies to deliver urbanism in the suburbs

Place Post 5: With placemaking on the rise should we forget urban design?

Place Post 4: Forget the gym - focus on place!

Place Post 3: Lower Insurance Premiums through Urban Design and Placemaking

Place Post 2: Police - building on their vision?

Place Post 1: Six ways to improve our places through prototyping

You can also view all our posts here.

You can also check our blog's archive for a list of every post we have written or use the search function on the home page to find other posts that might be of interest.

Andrew's Biography

I am an urban planner with more than 20 years experience and a practitioner in urban design. I have worked across private enterprise, public service, academia and professional associations. 

I have developed skills in placemaking, training and facilitation.  All built upon a broad platform of qualifications in urban planning, urban design and environmental science.

More recently, I established Placefocus - a training and internet business which helps people convert urban spaces into places and ultimately destinations.  

I maintain my practice as Principal of AKH Consulting which provides independent advice and specialist services in innovation through facilitation and placemaking.

I have been invited to present papers at national and international conferences.  In 2001 I was awarded the AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship for international research into sustainable development.  My passion for sustainability, inextricably linked with urban design, led to his role as International Coordinator for HASSELL. 

I have benefited from several international study tours focusing on urban design and sustainable development.

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I have been married to my wife, Vanessa, for 18 years. We have two daughters. We live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

In my free time I enjoy reading, playing tennis, taking photos, gardening and watching sport. 

Our contact information

You can contact me via e-mail ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or follow us on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram (Placefocus).

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The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.



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