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Place Immersion - Introductory Course + Study Tour

Taking it to the streets... over 2 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.

Macquarie Pl, Sydney, NSW, AUS - cafe lunch on great streets is included every day.Macquarie Pl, Sydney, NSW, AUS - cafe lunch on great streets is included every day.


Great diversity, real talking heads, not just on lap top - informative and interactive  Don Chapman, Councillor, City of Onkaparinga.

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Key Benefits

  • grow your employability with recognised training 
  • experience a new city or your old one with different eyes
  • claim you costs as a tax deduction
  • spend 2 days exploring the city
  • deepen your network

Overview

Why run training modules on Placemaking and urban design in dull training rooms? With Place Immersion we experience the streets and places we are talking about. Enjoying food and coffee along the way. 

This training module immerses participants into places within the city. We combine practical experience with an understanding of theory, principles and process of placemaking and urban design. Fast-tracking the application of tools and techniques.

Any questions? 

Call Andrew for more information on +617 3102 1976 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Download brochure (pdf - 1.29 MB).

Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove Urban Village, Brisbane, QLD, AUS - we'll definitely be visiting this place in Brisbane.Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove Urban Village, Brisbane, QLD, AUS - we'll definitely be visiting this place in Brisbane."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.

Numbers are limited book now!

We are also currently planning the Place Immersion program for 2014. This will include:

  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Perth 
  • Singapore 
  • Adelaide
  • Canberra
  • Hobart 
  • Darwin
  • Cairns
  • Newcastle
  • Port Macquarie
  • Gold Coast
  • Sunshine Coast

Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW, AUS: we'll compare established places with new urban designDarling Quarter, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW, AUS: we'll compare established places with new urban designClick here for current courses.

“Enjoyed the walking tour it was good to link to the theory. I would recommend the course to my fellow planners and my husband who is a development engineer. I have finally learnt some good terminology”. Sue Page, Lake Macquarie, March 2013

Value

Two days from $1,650 per person (ex GST). Includes:

  • cafe lunches, morning and afternoon tea
  • guided study tour;
  • accredited training course
  • electronic (PDF) version of the manual ($49 saving)
  • Assessment to consolidate learning'sHibberson St, Gungahlin, Canberra, ACT, AUS - this is new town centre is well worth visiting. Hibberson St, Gungahlin, Canberra, ACT, AUS - this is new town centre is well worth visiting.
  • Placemaking and urban design tools
  • Best practice examples from around Australia

Outcomes

  • Improve projects and studies
  • Influence clients (ammunition)
  • Common language 'talk the talk'
  • Refresher on training
  • Understand relevance to your discipline
  • Stay relevant on trends and best practice
  • Applied training
  • Improve skill set
  • Relate to regional and rural areas
  • Understand placemaking vs. urban designFederation Square, Melbourne, VIC AUS - the Melbourne Place Immersion was a big success. We'll be back in 2014.Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC AUS - the Melbourne Place Immersion was a big success. We'll be back in 2014.
  • Increased network
  • Inspiration and ideas to implement tomorrow
  • Understand what makes places successful

Interactive

A dynamic learning experience – individual and group work; theory and application, expert interviews and discussion...

Innovative way to present course, the value of attendance enhanced by this delivery method” Gavin Rowley, Manager Operations, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

Hands-on

Through the walking tour we apply course content to 4 or 5 relevant places. Enabling streamlined implementation back at work.

“Great city, great walks, great choice. I got a lot out of it Steve Dunn, Landscape Architect, Dunn & Moran Landscape Architects.

Contemporary

Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA, AUS - we'll catch the tram for lunch overlooking the sea. Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA, AUS - we'll catch the tram for lunch overlooking the sea. “Within minutes of starting the course, you realise you'll be in for a rollicking roller-coaster ride, covering all points of contemporary urban design and placemaking thinking” Peter Ciemitis, Urban Designer and Artist, Roberts Day, Perth

Proven

We have delivered to 1252 participants nationally and internationally. 97% said their expectations were met or exceeded across 63 courses.

“Fantastic to revitalise ideas and principles learnt at university but forgotten in the real world. Good opportunity to relate with relevant people in my industry”. Krystle Wittingslow, Traffic & Transport Engineer, Townsville

Refresh your training, stay relevant with current thinking and build your network

“Very good professional view point and really represents the state of play in relation to urban design.  I can see a lot of effort has gone into preparing the course and it's up to date with latest blogs, youtube events etc”. Andrew Martin, Sydney, March 2011

Henry Lawson Walk - East Perth, Perth, WA, AUS - we'll definitely have a stroll through this new place. Henry Lawson Walk - East Perth, Perth, WA, AUS - we'll definitely have a stroll through this new place.

You want training to count towards your professional development requirements? Our structured course (with manual, assessment and significant interaction between presenter and learner) complies with most Institute continuing professional development criteria. In addition, the module complies with the CPP Accreditation requirements of the Planning Institute of Australia (additional $200 + GST payable to PIA for admin).

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“Very good balance with walking, talking, sitting and training over three days”  Pengfei Cheng, Urban Strategist, Rockdale City Council.

Brochure

 

"Our aim is to assist people to create and promote quality places."

Andrew Hammonds, Placefocus Founder.

We will share the “place skills” which can help make the very most of the places you are creating. 

Download brochure (pdf - 1.29 MB)

Participants

 

Multi-disciplinary - just like placemaking and urban design

This three day module has been prepared for all who participate in the creation, design and management of the urban environment. 

  • Urban planners, architects, landscape architects
  • Engineers – traffic, transport, civil, etc
  • Councillors
  • Developers
  • Property and Facility managers
  • Project managers
  • Surveyors, quantity surveyors, valuers, urban economists
  • Development managers
  • Social planners, community development planners
  • Public art curators
  • Urban and regional policy makers 
  • Planners, Designers, Engineers
  • Economic Development, Traders
  • Parks, open space
  • Place Managers 
  • Community Development

“Anyone involved in placemaking would gain benefit. Very relevant and useful.” Gary Arnold. Melbourne, March 2010.

Topics

Comprehensive topics

  1. Placemaking and Urban Design 101: introduces urban design and placemaking by discussing the differences, confirming our shared focus on form and social fabric, and providing clarity on urban design leadership.
  2. Place Values: a broader context is required when working on cities. As with any human endeavour, our mind set towards our urban environment affects not only our approach but also the results. While this workbook will present concepts, principles and practices which are important, the most critical aspect is how we think of the city.
  3. Place Qualities: most of the cherished and highly valued places in Australia, as well as other parts of the world, share key characteristics or 'Place Qualities'.
  4. Place Typology: The place qualities we appreciate rely on planning and design outcomes at a whole continuum of scale from the building, street and the neighbourhood all the way through to the city and region. We call these ‘Place Typologies’.
  5. Place Process: urban design is about creating a vision for an area and then deploying the skills and resources to realise the vision. This is what we refer to as 'Place Creation'.
  6. Place Roles: explores who delivers deliver the places we like and assist in understanding the process.
  7. Place Tools: outlines the tools utilised in the process of urban design. Used effectively, they can deliver the high quality urban environment that people are increasingly demanding.
  8. Place Outcomes: when we provide, support and foster the characteristics of quality places there are flow on effects for our community.
  9. Best practice, news + journals: additional information not covered in the sections of the manual.

“Very well structured and informative course.  Good mix of content and discussion and picks up on a number of urban design tools. Very relevant if you are working on a small scale development or a large master planning exercise”. Mark Kwiatkowski, Adelaide, July 2011

Interactive

Interactive Learning

A dynamic learning experience - individual and group work, video clips, expert interviews, stimulating images, best practice examples, field study, mental maps........ We limit the course numbers to 20 to ensure time for discussion and interaction.

This is the best interactive presentation I have experienced.  The trainer was open to amending/enhancing content as he went along.” Wendy Bell (FRAIA + LFPIA) Adelaide

Manual

Lasting Reference

Already in it's second revision, this is an uniquely Australian "how to" guide to delivering quality places within our urban environment. The manual focuses on the key principles, qualities and processes of urban design, drawing upon theory and best practice to illustrate outcomes.

The manual 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.   Featuring 145 photos of Australian and International places to reinforce key outcomes of each section. It also includes drawings, tables, Australian and International case studies and eight book reviews. This manual has benefited from extensive research with 63 sources referenced. The manual includes short answer questions to reinforce learning as well as a complementary copy of the 20 page Place Check document.

Before you buy preview the first ten pages of the manual by clicking here (6 mb).

“Course reference manual will be invaluable. It covers current best practice urban design thoroughly with many case study examples to demonstrate”. Daniel Herrmann, Melbourne, April 2011

Facilitator

Experienced facilitator

Andrew’s qualifications, combined with experience in the successful delivery of national and international projects, places him at the leading edge of urban planning and design.

  • Founder of Placefocus
  • Principal of AKH Consulting 
  • Ex-Principal of HASSELL
  • M. Urban Design. GDURP, Grad Cert (SAM), BSc (AES)
  • Cert IV Training and Assessment (attended)
  • Founding member and ex President of the Urban Design Alliance (QLD)
  • ex - Adjunct Professor (Planning) at QUT
  • AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship
  • Chairperson of AIUS (QLD)

"Excellent and broad content, delivered with passion and enthusiasm. Thought provoking, yet sometimes challenging". Andrew Robinson, Sydney, June 2011

Feedback

What our customers say

We have received great feedback from the 867 participants in the course

  • 97% of participants said the course met or exceeded their expectations
  • 98% of participants said the course content was good to excellent
  • 96% of participants found the course relevant to their job
  • 98% of participants would recommend the course to others

"Good introduction to placemaking - industry relevant" Matt McAndrew, Senior Development Manager at Peet Limited, Brisbane 25 July 2012

"Lively and engaging facilitation" Mike Charlton, Councillor, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Brisbane 25 July 2012

"New material and references and good examples of places I know and did not know" Peter Richards, Director, Deicke Richards, Architecture and Design, Brisbane 25 July 2012

"I got a lot out of it" Steve Dunn, Design Director at Dunn + Moran Landscape Architects, Brisbane 25 July 2012

"Well presented, passionate, enthusiastic and enjoyable" Ron Piper, Project Director - Urban Development at Sunshine Coast Regional Council

“This is the best interactive presentation I have experienced.  The trainer was open to amending/enhancing content as he went along. An amazing technique of linking photos of places to an aerial photos of the setting using google.” Wendy Bell, Adelaide, July 2011

“Andrew created an interactive forum which really engaged all of us.  My knowledge of urban design and place making has expanded significantly”. Robert O'BrienBrisbane, May 2011

“It was good how it was broken up with group discussions and photos etc.  So it wasn't just a lecture.  Great discussion”. Alisanne Green, Melbourne, April 2011

“Throughout the course you were very approachable, understanding and encouraged us with your comments online” Vige Satkunarajah, On-line, August 2010

 “I am a lot more involved in urban design than I had realised.  I had always thought of it as the province of architects and landscape architects and mainly involving the fine detailing of public places.” Ian McNicol, Online Training March 2010

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Numbers are limited book now!

You can book your attendance for the following courses:

Brisbane, February 2014 - we will be running twilight sessions over four consecutive Tuesdays. We will start at 3:00 for coffee and finish around 8:00 after dinner.  

Course Cancellation: 

From time to time Placefocus may be forced to cancel a scheduled course due to unforeseen circumstances. In this event, all fees will be refunded to registered participants upon request. Alternatively, participants in cancelled courses may elect to roll over their booking into another course. Cancellation notices will be sent by email correspondence. If you are travelling interstate or overseas for the course, please ensure you book flexible/refundable air tickets and accommodation in the event of a cancellation. Please note Placefocus will not be liable for any additional expenses incurred by the participant as a result of this registration. 

Transfer/cancellation of enrolment: 
Where a written request for withdrawal is made ten working days or more from the course date, a refund of the fee paid - less an administration charge - will be made to the registered participant. No refund is payable for transfers or withdrawals within ten working days of course commencement, or to participants who fail to attend. 

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions in regards to this. 

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