Detailed Learning Methodology
This studio is Curtin University’s first placemaking studio as part of the Place Agency Consortium developed for tertiary built environment students. This studio worked in partnership with Future Bayswater aimed at informing and supporting the community group in enriching understanding and conversation around redevelopment of the area. To support that aim, this studio was focused integrated planning for the future of Bayswater, with a strong focus on placemaking’s role in community engagement.
Learning was further supported by partnership with placemaking and planning practitioners who regularly joined the students during class time to talk through industry examples and provide feedback to students on their progress in the course.
Student’s hands-on learning experiences provided a fun and engaging space for community members to reflect on the current and future values of Bayswater. The subject follows a general outline of
- Learning about Future Bayswater, their activities and aims.
- Learning about Bayswater through site analysis and community engagement.
- Synthesising this information to develop an integrated plan for Bayswater.
- Reflecting on the role of placemaking and community engagement in integrated planning practice.
By the end of the subject, the students presented their initiatives back to the Future Bayswater committee and a community audience opening up an opportunity for long-term impact of this exercise.
|Activity||Description||Key dates for activities||Key learning objectives|
|Week 1||Introduction to Future Bayswater||2 August||Contextual Understanding|
|Week 2||Place-based planning||9 August||Critical Thinking|
|Week 3||Industry Mentors||16 August||Team work & collaboration|
|Week 4||Small intervention prototyping||23 August||Creative Thinking|
|Week 5||Data collection||30 August||Spatial context understanding|
|Week 6||Built implementation||6 September||Community Engagement|
|Week 7||Community Engagement (gathering information process)||13 September||Community Engagement|
|Week 8||Site Analysis||20 September||Spatial context understanding|
|Week 9||Design||27 September||Creative Thinking|
|Week 10||Community Engagement (presenting students’ design to the community)||1 November||Verbal Communication|
|Week 11||Celebration of Place||8 November||Humility|
|Week 12||Reflection||15 November||Reflective skills and self awareness|