Detailed learning methodology

This studio was run in tandem to Brolga Lakes eco-development studio, the first placemaking studios for University of Queensland as part of the nationwide Place Agency Consortium for tertiary students. The purpose of this studio was to take students through a place-based community engagement process; People, Program, Process, Product.

People: working alongside the community project champion EG2020 Community Connectors working group, Brisbane City Council community development and community safety officers, industry partner John Mongard, and 30 local community members who participated in the co-design engagement activities.

Process: delivered a half day community engagement intervention designed by Laurel Johnson and John Mongard and delivered by the students. Student’s worked in groups of 3 with specific roles of facilitator of the process, scribe and drawer.

Program: partnered with industry professional John Mongard to help facilitate, support and upskill students

Product: students delivered a set of designs for the revitalisation of the shopping centre and its precinct as informed by the community.

Over the course of a 12 week semester, the class consisted of 3 hr session and a 5 hr community engagement day involving 50 second year planning students. Industry partner, John Mongard assisted students in developing their skills as facilitators for the engagement day. 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 local residents and shop 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.

Activity Description Key dates for activities Key learning objectives
Week 1 Introduction to co-design planning approaches 26 Jul 18 Placemaking and co-design theory
Week 2 Introduction to assignment 2 Aug 18 N/A
Week 3 Preparation and skills development 9 Aug 18 Developing soft skills
Week 4 community co-design engagement day 11 Aug 18 Community engagement day
Week 5 Community Co-design debrief 16 Aug 18 Community engagement
Week 6 Introduction to team placemaking report 23 Aug 18 Reflective skills
Week 7 Implementation strategies 30 Aug 18 Critical thinking
Week 8 Limits of precinct planning 6 Sep 18 Critical thinking
Week 9 Facilitated team work on Place-Making Report 13 Sep 18 Teamwork and humility
Week 10 Facilitated team work 20 Sep 18 Team work
Week 11 Feedback and presentations preparation 4 Oct 18 Humility
Week 12 Presentations 4 Oct 18 Verbal communication
Post subject Professional report compiled for council submitted December Legacy


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