Detailed Learning Methodology
This Brolga Lakes Eco-development studio is the first placemaking studio for the University of Queensland as part of the nationwide Place Agency Consortium for tertiary students. The purpose of this studio was to take students through aspects of a place-based process; People, Process, Product.
People: working with industry partner John Mongard and project champion Michael Myers.
Process: through critical theory, understanding of statutory planning and guidance by industry partner John Mongard, students utilised their on-site visit, a critical analysis of sustainable suburbs and the site context to inform their designs.
Product: students delivered a set of designs for the sustainable development of the site so that it can become a sustainable suburb centred on ecosystem, people, governance and social capital.
Over the course of a 12 week semester, the class consisted of 3 hr sessions, a one day site visit and involved 50 first year planning students. Industry partner, John Mongard, assisted students in developing their understanding of placemaking for sustainable suburbs and implementing that knowledge to the practice of sustainable design for a live project site. The subject emphasised hard-skills by giving the opportunity to visit the site and critically engage with the existing opportunities and constraints.
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.
|Activity||Description||Key dates for activities||Key learning objectives|
|Week 1||Introduction to course||23 Jul – 29 Jul||Contextual understanding|
|Week 2||Site visit||30 Jul – 5 Aug||Community engagement|
|Week 3||Debrief of site visit and sustainable suburb research||6 Aug – 12 Aug||Reflective skills|
|Week 4||Facilitated team work||20 Aug – 26 Aug||Capacity building|
|Week 5||Vision and Development Objectives||27 Aug – 2 Sep||Creative thinking|
|Week 6||Planning and Design Development and Regulation||3 Sep – 9 Sep||Contextual understanding|
|Week 7||Implementation Strategies||10 Sep – 16 Sep||Critical thinking|
|Week 8||Team Role and Team Performance||17 Sep – 23 Se||Teamwork and collaboration|
|Week 9||Presentation guidance. Facilitated group work.||1 Oct – 7 Oct||Verbal communication upskilling|
|Week 10||Presentations||8 Oct – 14 Oct||Verbal communication|
|Week 11||Presentations||15 Oct – 21 Oct||Verbal communication|
|Week 12||Drop-in session||22 Oct – 28 Oct||Humility|