Website Guide

Placefocus was established in 2009 and serves individuals, organisations, practitioners and travellers worldwide.

The Top Navigation bar

This bartakes you to sections that are guided by the 196 page manual and is built into sections that are broken down into:




Fast Track!

Fast track your course by reading just the essential information to get you started.

Website guide

This is the guide to the website


The What, the Why and How of Urban Design and Placemaking.

Place Gallery

This will contain photographs of Urban Design and Placemaking.

Place Links

External website links to guide your way through the internet sea of information.

Favourite Places

This contains favourite places around the world.

Place Interviews

Video interviews of Professionals talking about issues and design relating to Urban Design & Placemaking.

Below this are different areas that represent the process of Urban Design & Placemaking.


Introduces placemaking and urban design, its scope and role in the creation and management of the built environment.

altPlace Principles

Outlines the fundamental principles for cities and towns which underpin placemaking and urban design.

altPlace Qualities

Identifies the key qualities associated with highly regarded urban places.

altPlace Typology

Explains urban design and placemaking from the region down to the street and the building.

altPlace Process

Place creation from aspiration to context, design, delivery and management.

altPlace Roles

Key roles in making quality urban places.

altPlace Tools

Discusses the various processes, strategies, techniques and tools available to planners to participate in the creation of good urban places.

altPlace Links

Sources of additional information.

altPlace Outcomes

What we get from good urban design and placemaking.


We call these tools and techniques "place skills". We believe that anyone can learn these tools and techniques and apply them successfully, helping them to make the very most of the places they are creating.




Within the menu, you have Training: The Two day introductory course, the 8 week online course, feedback from people that have done the course and our current courses.

Under News you have current Urban Design and Placmaking news.

Corporate features the corporate pack of the course that is delivered to government levels.

Shop features an overview of products that we have as well as a breakdown of solutions available.

About is about placefocus and it's philosophy.

Networking has your profile information, the forums as well as the Affiliates directory. The place blog as well as the expert interviews that feature prominant professionals talking about placemaking and urban design.

Contact has contact information where you can email, skype and call us.

Placefocus is based in Australia and is planning to develop in other countries, so if you’re interested in an affiliate partnership, please contact us.


What system requirements are needed to watch videos on Placefocus?

In order to watch videos on our site, make sure you have the following minimum system requirements:

    Adobe Flash Player 10.0.22+ plug-in
    Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 9.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
    Broadband connection with 500+ Kbps

PC Specific Requirements:

    Platform: Windows 2000 or higher with latest updates installed
    Processor: 500MHz or faster
    RAM: 128MB or more
    Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory
    Sound Card: at least 16-bit

Mac Specific Requirements:

    Platform: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed
    Processor: 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster
    RAM: 128MB or more
    Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory
    Sound Card: at least 16-bit

Optimal System Requirements (recommended for Interviews and Live Streaming Content):

    Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
    Browser: Firefox 8.0+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 5.0+, or Google Chrome 15.0+
    Operating System: Windows Vista+ or Mac OS X 10.6+
    Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Ensuring optimal streaming speeds is especially important for Placefocus and Live Streaming. Make sure to close as many other tabs, browsers, and programs as possible while streaming your content. It may also help to hardwire your Internet connection, rather than using a wireless network connection.

This site also uses Adobe Acrobat 9 as standard for reading pdf documents.

    1.3-GHz processor or higher
    Mac OSX Snowleopard, Microsoft Windows XP Home, Professional, or Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 2 or 3 (32 bit and 64 bit);
    Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2 for 64 bit); or Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or
    Enterprise with or without Service Pack 1 (32 bit and 64 bit)
    Internet Explorer 9.0
    512 MB of RAM
    985 MB of available hard-disk space.
    1,024 x 768 screen resolution
    DVD drive Video hardware acceleration optional

Online Course minimum requirements

Before logging into Moodle, confirm that your computer hardware, software and settings are correct and compatible with Moodle requirements to take a online course and be able to run moodle.

Computer Requirements
For PC computers:
• Pentium II (Pentium III recommended)
• Windows 2000 Operating System (or better)
For Apple computers:
• Power PC or better
• OS X
For all computers:
• 256 MB of RAM (or more)
• 1 G of free disk space
• 56 K or greater modem (DSL or cable recommended)
• Internet access either via modem and phone line or a direct network connection (high speed BROADBAND access is highly recommended, dial-up and satellite access may be problematic)
• Web browser (Firefox 6 is recommended,
• CD-ROM drive
• Sound card and speakers
• Printer
• Cookies must be enabled
• Pop-up blocker is turned off
Browser Requirements
• Firefox is highly recommended, however, for PC users, please also have Internet Explorer (version 8, or 9) available from your desktop. Other browsers such as Safari, Chrome, and Opera may be used, but they may not support all functionalities in Moodle, such as the HTML editor.
• All browsers should have Cookies, Java, and Pop-ups enabled (i.e., do not block Pop-ups).

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Best Viewed

This site is best viewed in 1024 x 768 true color with IE7.0+ or Firefox 3.0+ or Googles Chrome. This site also has video content, so if your able to view sites like Youtube or Vimeo then viewing this site is ok, just be aware of downloading charges by your ISP.