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Place Launchpad

Targeted 3 hour training and workshop on Placemaking and urban design.

Darwin, April, 2012, NT, AUS (photo Jan Kinsella)Darwin, April, 2012, NT, AUS (photo Jan Kinsella)

Targeted training and workshop on placemaking and urban design. Presentations, analysis, walking tour and group work generates ideas and applies these to projects and places.

"I would recommend the Launchpad to challenge your thinking" Mayor Deirdre Comerford, Mackay City Council, Mackay, 2012.

Outcomes

  • Common platform and language for urban design and placemaking
  • Place appreciation: walking tour
  • The Context: Place Evaluation
  • Our vision: Place Aspiration
  • Looking over the horizon: Place Trends;
  • What we can do: Place ideas and proposals
  • Where to from here: Place actions
  • The briefcase: ideas to investigate back in the office

"Very interesting. Opened my eyes as to the list of possibilities, thoroughly enjoyed the course" Mackay City Council, Mackay, 2012.

From $3,790 or $126 per person. Delivered ‘in-house’ to save on travel costs. It includes:

  • Copy of 200 p. manual (PDF)
  • Attendance certificates
  • Teleconference to customize unit
  • CPD recognition

Ask us how you can share costs among internal and external participants. 25% mobilisation fee due at client acceptance.

Impact

Our Place Launchpad module creates a platform for placemaking and urban design for clients and stakeholders. Training participants as well as prioritising ideas for the streets and places of the area. It enables staff to work better with external consultants and also delivers placemaking with internal resources. Our focus is triple bottom line – economic, social and environment. Place prosperity is an important goal of the Launchpad.

Included within the price is our comprehensive 195-page PDF manual. This is a unique reference and guide to delivering quality places within our urban environment (saving $49.99 each). 

Seeking added value? What about design proposals for your place as part of our course?

We have successfully integrated local case studies into the course. Participants combine pre-work with exercises to produce a proposal for a local place during the course. These real life examples support implementation of learning outcomes back in the office and saves you time and money!

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

Logistics

  • Up to 30 participants
  • 2-3 hr format
  • Briefing with Client
  • 1 hour walking tour
  • In-house, venue and catering provided by Client
  • Electronic (PDF) version of the manual included for each participant
  • Pre workshop Place Evaluation by participants

Ongoing Support

We also include online support via www.placefocus.com which provides access to learning through over 600 articles, business directory, jobs, tenders, expert interviews, newsletter, forums and blogs on urban design.

Accredited

Recognised for informal CPD by most professional bodies.

Want to customise the course?

We happy to work with clients to focus the course on their needs and requirements. This works particularly well when a client representative has completed our Introduction Two Urban Design and Placemaking course, possibly online.

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Participants

While we share our comprehensive knowledge and experience in urban design and placemaking we also stimulate discussion among course participants - encouraging them to contribute their ideas.  Client's have appreciated their team members talking about urban design, which reinforces its multi-disciplinary nature and contributes to networks within their organisation. 

  • Urban planners, architects, landscape architects
  • Engineers – traffic, transport, civil, etc
  • Traders
  • Councillors
  • Place managers
  • 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 

Facilitators

Rather than being paid to consult - we enable people to deliver. We combine training with experience + facilitation. Andrew Hammonds:

  • 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; and
  • Chairperson of AIUS (QLD).

Read Andrew's CV...

Proven

What our customers say...

We have received great feedback from the 1252 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

"Everyone should be involved in this unit. It would make the world a better place!" Sian Williams, Townsville City Council, 2013

"I attended the UDIA Power of Place Conference in Brisbane 24 -25 July 2012. Andrew run the workshops on day 2 and made a great job of keeping us interested and stimulated for over 8 hours. He involved all the participants in an informtive and enjoyable day. He did his job with humor, professionalism and kept us on task throughout the day. Very enjoyable and good value for all professionals involved in UD and Placemeaking, irrespective of your experience or level expertise. Andrew has something to offer all of us." David Metcalfe, Director at DCM Strategic

"A course that you can lift information from and easily insert it into your day to day decisions" Brogan Jones, Mackay City Council, Mackay, 2012.

"This was really good – I got a lot out of it" Cameron Finter, Townsville City Council, 2013

"Awesome – the reason I put my hand up for Council was to achieve change and this gave me hope that I can achieve it!" Councillor Laurence Bonaventura, Mackay City Council, Mackay, 2012.

"I enjoyed the course it was very thorough, packed full of information and highly interesting. I particularly enjoyed the tour of 'places'. It really put the course work into context. Also I found the experience of 'place' outside of my state invaluable. The information provided has been and will be very useful."  Lou Fantasia, Principal/ Director at Lou Fantasia Planning Pty Ltd

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One day

Brisbane: $5,350.00 ex GST; National: $9,750.00 ex GST ($178 - $320 per person)

UDIA 1 day course - Brisbane, QLD, AUS.UDIA 1 day course - Brisbane, QLD, AUS.

We deliver one day options of our courses. We usually cover the "what and why" of Urban Design and Placemaking. This enables participants to complete the second day (the how and who) on-line or on the second day of our public course.

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

Want to customise the course?

We happy to work with clients to focus the course on their needs and requirements. This works particularly well when a client representative has completed our Introduction Two Urban Design and Placemaking course.

Alternatively, consider online training at $599.00 per person ex GST.

Please contact Andrew directly for more information and costs on a tailored one day course.

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Manual

Participants receive a comprehensive 195 page manual Urban Design and Placemaking Manual, which provides a unique reference and guide to delivering quality places within our urban environment. You can preview the first ten pages of the manual in our shop (http://placefocus.com/Shop/manual.html).

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.

  1. 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 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.
  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.

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.

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

Interactive

Empathy Map, Lake Macquarie Course, Charlestown, NSW, AUS.Empathy Map, Lake Macquarie Course, Charlestown, NSW, AUS.

A targeted workshop to accelerate the implementation of simple ideas into practice. Shared learning creates endorsement and commitment. A focus on ‘what can we do tomorrow’. A dynamic learning experience – individual and group work; theory and application, expert interviews and discussion...

“This was really good – I got a lot out of it” Cameron Finter, Townsville City Council, 2013

Hands On

During the Launchpad we apply content to 4 or 5 relevant places. We generate ideas and consider these for actions.

Great photos/real examples. Working on place proposals broke up the theory” Lisa Blanford, City of Lake Macquarie

Local

Local places and examples are incorporated. Supported by the walking tour of the area and briefing.

“Walk and local examples were good” Brett Luxford, Manager Business Growth & Sustainability, Melton Shire Council

Brochures

Download a copy of our brochures:

Place Launchpad - Targeted training and workshop on placemaking and urban design.

Placefocus - background on our organisation

Place Catalyst - 1-2 hour presentation and facilitated discussion on placemaking and urban design.

Place Creation - three day in-house training course on Placemaking and urban design

Place Immersion - three day walking tour of Australian cities and training course

Your team can't all afford to be away from work or the travel costs of our two day course in Urban Design and Placemaking? Consider Online learning for your team.

You want to embed Placemaking and Urban Design into your organisation? Consider Placefocus Embed.

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