Urban Innovation

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Placemaking Sandbox Studio: leading pathways to ecologically sustainable and inclusive places in Asia Pacific

Day 1 – Tuesday, 15 October 2019
13:00 - 14:30
Function Room 10
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Nora Steurer
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Lead Organization
University of Melbourne
Partner Organizer(s)
  • Connected Cities Lab
  • Place Agency
  • Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
  • Joyati Das
  • Place Leaders
  • Think City
Lead Organizer(s)

This side event is about Placemaking Fundamentals. This will be a placemaking capacity building event using an innovative approach that our team has developed, which is the Placemaking Sandbox methodology.

Placemaking is defined as “the collaborative craft to co-create neighbourhoods that respond to local needs for emotional and meaningful connection and experience.” Placemaking Sandbox is about “creating the capacity for people to invest space with meaning.” The Placemaking Sandbox event aims to deliver a capacity building approach not only to train existing professionals and “experts” in the field but more importantly, aims to empower the emerging workforce, who may include the grassroots women movement, girls and children.

It is the intent of this event to recognize the importance of the six learning skills: cultural and social understanding, sharing and listening, critical thinking, design thinking + spatial making, team-based approach, ecological systems thinking.

Participants who will be targeted will include: women’s movement, children, Malaysian secondary/high schools will be developing skills and knowledge in how-to do the basics of placemaking.  

The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of placemaking knowledge and skills, and for participant’s visualisation of a safe, inclusive public space.

The session will use the 5Ps (Placemaking, Process, Product, Program, Project Evaluation), individually and in groups, as a framework to be tailored to explore diverse world views and curriculum themes of various participants - to gather feedback on their own experiences in their own neighbourhoods, workplaces, or in their community.

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Save the date!
Join us at the seventh session of the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF7) in Penang, Malaysia from 15 to 17 October 2019