Why Do This Online Course?
The need to better understand the way cities and human settlements work is becoming increasingly important, particularly with growing challenges such as climate change, social isolation, economic disruption, disaster recovery and rapidly changing technology.
Interest is growing in 'Place' as a concept and place-based approaches are being trialed around the world. ‘Place’ can provide a valuable focus point for government. It also provides a vision and process for different agencies, levels of government and local communities to better work together.
This course aims to provide some context and rigour to this interest.
Who is it for?
Whilst it is primarily written for an Australian context, it may be relevant for higher levels of government around the world, including central, Federal, State, provincial or regional governments. Whilst State, provincial or regional and central or Federal governments are usually quite different in their priorities and resources, from a placemaking perspective, they are similar as they sit at the strategic level, distanced from individual places, but having responsibilities for many places, cities and regions.
This course provides principle-based and practical placemaking guidance applicable at the strategic level. It will often group central, Federal, State, provincial or regional governments together under the umbrella term of "higher levels of government", or State Governments for short.
What will it help you with?
This course will enable you to:
Understand the broad overview of the way cities and urban areas work
Identify the potential roles for higher levels of government and the opportunities for place-based approaches
Discover the ideas and insights from placemaking professionals with decades of experience
Think like a placemaker
Build the confidence and skills to use place-based thinking and processes in your work
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Identify the opportunities, challenges and benefits of place-based approaches
Assess the options and methods for implementing place-based approaches
Choose the right approach based on your circumstances
Utilise the Top 10 Tips for Placemaking in your work
Student feedback 1
"Great course with lots of relevant content!"
Student feedback 2
"Super beneficial because it was so practical! I am new to State Government (and fairly new to the public sector) and so I had only a vague idea of what placemaking is or could be from our agency's perspective. I thought placemaking was tactical urbanism or activation. I knew it had strategic merit but I didn't have the words to articulate what that meant or how I can participate in placemaking. Before this course I would not have called myself a placemaker but now I think I can call myself one!"