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|