Place Agency takes you back to a time when it was all about creating fun in a space or sandbox and making new friends. The playful child within is always there, nurtured by whatever it is fed, so whatever your age, we are here to help you start something special in a place.
We are a collaborative group of academics and placemakers who have joined together via projects to deliver an education program focused on the theory and practice of placemaking. Our overarching aim is to allow architecture, landscape architecture and planning students to learn and experiment with place led approaches and community engagement. Simultaneously, we strive towards having a real impact on the communities that we engage with by working. We do so by the following three key actions:
- A comprehensive suite of placemaking modules imparted to built environment students through one or more subjects at the Universities within the consortium, where students can critically learn to address place issues through a strong theoretical framework.
- Place Summits. Events organised by our consortium to celebrate place, showcase the work of our students and share our learnings with government and industries. The summits include training session where we share the information from the placemaking modules.
- The delivery of practice-led studios (referred to as ‘sandbox studios’), which provide a safe space for students to learn place practice and placemaking in partnership with local community groups, councils and/or developers.
The nation-wide consortium of universities will work together with local governments, developers and practitioners to truly understand the challenges and obstacles to effective placemaking. This collaborative approach is centred around the design studio as an open pedagogy where experimentation with future placemakers to inform broader capacity building outcomes.
We are creating a exciting platform for a new generation one we like to call “the sandbox generation” our platform is designed to inspire a fresh way to discover people, places and nature. Beneficial to the individual. Transformative to the local community. And all you have to do is to jump in and play.
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