You want to learn more but can't afford time away from work? We offer an four week online course - 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.
“Thanks you for your hard work and patience. I enjoyed the course and feel that the information provided is and will be most useful”Danny Wiggins, online August 2010
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 the CPP Accreditation requirements of the Planning Institute of Australia (additional $200 plus GST payable to PIA for admin).
"I found the urban design unit extremely interesting and practical. The video examples were excellent and I liked Andrew’s method of initiating discussion on a topic. I did not know the unit would be place making orientated but was extremely happy to find this was the key theme, as I had been wanting to learn about this. I learnt more in this unit than I did in my graduate certificate in Urban Design." David Jones, KEO International Consultants, United Arab Emirates, online March 2012
Four week online "Introduction to Urban Design and Placemaking" $599.00 (plus GST if applicable)
Included within the price of this course is our comprehensive 195-page manual in PDF (saving $49.99).
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"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.
Multi-disciplinary - just like urban design
This 4 week module module has been prepared for all who participate in the creation, design and management of the urban environment. For those at the forefront it will be a refresher of fundamentals. To those on the periphery, this course will assist in understanding the qualities of urban design, which we often respond to but find difficult to articulate and identify.
- Urban planners, architects, landscape architects
- Engineers – traffic, transport, civil, etc
- 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
“Anyone involved in placemaking would gain benefit. Very relevant and useful.” Gary Arnold. Melbourne, March 2010.
- 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.
- Place Principles: 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.
- 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'.
- 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’.
- 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'.
- Place Roles: explores who delivers deliver the places we like and assist in understanding the process.
- 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.
- Place Outcomes: when we provide, support and foster the characteristics of quality places there are flow on effects for our community.
- Best practice, news + journals: additional information not covered in the sections of the manual.
“I think the variety of topics was excellent. The links provided to other websites was very interesting too and allowed me to further expand my resource base. The content provided practical examples and have been beneficial already at my workplace" David Jones, KEO International Consultants, United Arab Emirates, online March 2012
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........
“I have done three postgraduate degrees and come across many lecturers...but I can tell you that you are one of the most passionate teachers” Vige Satkunarajah, On-line August 2010
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
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.
- Principal of AKH Consulting and founder of Placefocus
- M. Urban Design, GDURP, Grad Cert (SAM), BSc (AES)
- Cert IV Training and Assessment (not completed)
- President and founding member of The Urban Design Alliance (QLD)
- Adjunct Professor (Planning) at QUT
- Recipient of AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship
- Chairperson of AIUS (QLD)
- Ex-Principal of HASSELL
“I think Andrew’s technique in teaching this unit is excellent and the manual provided is easy to read. The links to other websites and information has enabled me to research further”. David Jones, KEO International Consultants, United Arab Emirates, online March 2012
What our customers say
"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. I recommend this unit for all planners, especially those assessing planning applications as this will open up the assessor’s mind to what a good design should entail." David Jones, KEO International Consultants, United Arab Emirates, online March 2012.
"I would also like to thank you so much for a very useful and enjoyable course - I particularly enjoyed the interaction via the web in terms of answering the questions and seeing how others in the course viewed urban design." Elizabeth Delaney, online, 2011.
“Thanks you for your hard work and patience. I enjoyed the course and feel that the information provided is and will be most useful” Danny Wiggins, On-line, August 2010.
“I think the scope and content of the course is excellent and the interactive approach is a good idea” Geoff Klem, On-line, August 2010.
“Yes I learnt heaps. It reinforced a few things I should have known; and taught me some new principles.” Sharyn Briggs, On-line, August 2010.
“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.
“Thanks for committing the time to facilitate this course. I have certainly found the notes and readings to be informative and practical. I have already used sections of the course to assist me in preparing a grant application for an urban design structure plan for Portland” Syd Dream, Online Training March 2010.
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