Detailed Learning Methodology

This studio was the first of the nationwide placemaking studios created by the Place Agency Consortium. The purpose of the studio was to take students through the first two aspects of a place-based journey; People and Process.

  • People: The students worked alongside seven local artists (Legacy Report – Final Recommendations), Hubcap Productions, and the local community who attended the engagement activities delivered by the by the students.
  • Process: This studio asked the students to specifically design a community engagement process that was ‘quick’, ‘fun’, ‘affordable’ and allowed them to tap into the local knowledge and identify the needs and opportunities for place as perceived by the local community

With a total 7 weeks of engagement, the class consisted of 5 hr sessions embedded within the site to be used as a case study. The room was provided in-kind by the local partners to contribute to the placemaking initiative. The subject emphasised the learning of soft-skills, of both ‘hand’ and ‘heart’, by giving the opportunity to students to learn how to approach, talk to, listen to, and engage with residents and business owners. 

The table below outlines each learning activity and exercise as designed by the studio leader(s) to guide the students in their placemaking learning journey. It provides the activity type, a short description and links to one or more key learning objectives as aligned by the Learning Outcome Sunflower. This information is actively used to enhance our knowledge and evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching strategies to aid placemakers. For more information about this research, go to our ongoing research project: Place Agency – Impact and Outcomes

If you are a teacher, we invite you to use this studio outline to craft your own teaching experiences.

Key dates for activities Module Description Key learning objectives
Fri 5-Jan 2018 Introduction to placemaking Understanding the site and understanding placemaking, history of here & power of potential Understanding principals of placemaking
Mon 8- Jan 2018 Tools for placemaking Placemaking the power of landscape, placemaking and policy, tactical urbanism and other tools for place Familiarity with tools of placemaking
Fri 12- Jan 2018 Self-directed groupwork Student groups will work on details of community engagement session Multidisciplinary Collaboration 
Mon 15- Jan 2018 Development and research Design and placemaking inspirations, visit to railway yards, visit to power station Forming a connection with the local community
Fri 19- Jan 2018 Community engagement Day Each team to deliver their engagement interventions to create connection with the community, collect data. Delivered as a ½ day community engagement session through games Listening skills, 


Verbal communication 

Mon 22- Jan 2018 Preliminary Community feedback Present the student’s conceptual designs to the local community to gather feedback and first impressions from the locals.  Meaningfully and respectfully respond to feedback
Thurs 25-Jan 2018 Assessment 1 Take community feedback and make conclusions Design development

Written communication, 

Graphic communication

Mon 29- Jan 2018 Design process Develop approach for design (3 groups) planning and landscape development Design development
Fri-2 Feb 2018 Design interim presentation Present first design ideas to community and traders Meaningfully and respectfully respond to feedback
Mon 5- Feb 2018 Design development Continue to develop scheme and draft implementation plan development Design development
Mon 12- Feb 2018 Finalize designs Document findings and design for submission Team work
Wed 14- Feb 2018 Studio reviews Presentation at the University of Melbourne student assessment Presentation of design
Wed 21- Feb 2018 Exhibition Present to community and celebrate the results of the studio. Engage community about the design and collect feedback
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