Placemaking. What is it? Why is it important? What are the benefits?
This site and our online courses explain it all!

This is the place to learn about placemaking.

Placemaking.Education collects and curates the most important placemaking concepts, tips and lessons learned into one place to make it easier and faster for you to learn.

These online courses allow you to learn at your own pace, when you want, where you want!

"Placemaking is like turning a house into a home."

Placemaker leader, David Engwicht

Placemaking is a philosophy and an iterative, collaborative process for creating public spaces that people love and feel connected to.

Placemaking is a mindset, an attitude that brings people together to create positive changes in a place or area. It aims to improve not only the physical elements of a space, but also the way people think about and connect with the world around them.

It is a response to the car-dominated, unattractive and unsafe environments found in many urban areas, but it also has deep roots reaching back to the way communities and citizens used to be created pre-World War 2.

Placemaking empowers people to act, not only as an ethical principle, but also because it is a real way to improve the way a person relates to themselves, their neighbours and their world.

Placemaking in just 12 minutes

The free Placemaking in 12 Minutes course will provide a quick overview of placemaking in 12 and a half minutes!

It provides:

  1. A better understanding of what placemaking is and is not
  2. Some ideas on the benefits of placemaking
  3. A few examples to show you what it can look like

We have created this course to be accessible to anyone just like you, including professionals, local businesses and people who want to improve their community. 

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Online placemaking training courses

Placemaking.Education has various online courses that you can take anywhere, anytime!

Learn at your own pace.

Town Team Movement and the global leader of the placemaking movement, PlacemakingX, have partnered to create the world’s first online platform with structured training courses to help you learn more about placemaking. The course content includes topics such as:

  • What is placemaking?
  • Why is placemaking important?
  • What are the principles of placemaking?
  • What are some examples of placemaking?
  • Who can be a placemaker?
  • Where can placemaking be done?
  • How can you make it happen?

Latest News

Free placemaking training for all Western Australia local government staff

In an Australian-first, the WA Government is providing free online placemaking training to local government staff in WA – over 22,000 people!

Sponsored by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, this training package is the first time a State Government agency has provided practical, front-line training to a whole sector on place-based approaches. It builds on the existing work of some local governments and helps to scale these kinds of initiatives across the state. 

To receive instructions on how to access the training for free if you work for a local govt in WA, email [email protected]. 

We're for people and places!

Placemaking.Education is a collaboration between Town Team Movement and PlacemakingX. We are both non-profit social enterprises. All funds raised via the Placemaking.Education platform go back into delivering our visions and purposes. Help us to promote the placemaking movement!

Town Team Movement is a very social enterprise – a non-profit company on a mission. We are building a movement of positive ‘doers’ (people who create positive change in their community).

We enable local communities and governments to connectorganise and act to regenerate the fabric of their neighbourhoods and to create better places.

Our 4 key focus areas are:

1 - Inspire, support, connect and promote local Town Teams

2 - Deliver innovative and engaging consulting services

3 - Work with positive partners

4 - Provide education and training, particularly placemaking training

This has all grown from a simple, but powerful idea discussed by volunteers sitting around a kitchen table in 2016. The idea is to make it easier for local people to create the positive change they want to see in their communities. Surprisingly simple!

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PlacemakingX is a global network of leaders who together accelerate placemaking as a way to create healthy, inclusive, and beloved communities.

Our vision is to make the spaces we live into places we love. Create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable world through the convergence of values, passion, and action around our public spaces.

We are a network of placemaking thought leaders, public space activists, regional network leaders, and professionals from all over the world. We have diverse experiences and backgrounds but share a common purpose. PlacemakingX is currently formed by 100+ leaders and 1,300+ advocates from 80+ countries around the world.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].