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Placemaking and Public Space Design: Unlocking Place Potential

Published: 4 November 2021

Gain valuable insights into microclimate effects on urban planning, and learn to design successful tourist and residental areas.

Understand and maximise place potential in urban planning

Successful placemaking means creating spaces that work for both tourists and residents, and with both the environment and the climate.

This skill is increasingly important as the need to create sustainable, attractive urban areas is better understood.

If you’re interested in learning more about climatic impacts and opportunities in urban planning, this two-week course from Luleå University of Technology is for you.

Explore the urban microclimate impact

On this course, you’ll take a close look at how design policy and academic research influences best practice in urban and climatic design.

The training materials will give you a good foundation in placemaking for sustainable tourist destinations and residential spaces, helping you analyse (and then maximise) place potential.

Study placemaking and microclimates in a structured way

The course explores three key themes, laying them out simply and giving you a clear understanding of how microclimates and urban areas interact.

You’ll start by learning about planning policy frameworks for urban design, from international agreements to local policies, followed by in-depth lessons on the theoretical underpinnings that help shape successful places.

Finally, you’ll get to apply what you’ve learned to case studies involving a variety of locations, each with its own climatic and urban design needs.

What topics will you cover?

The course explores three key themes, which together address the overarching question: How can we analyse urban spaces and will they be attractive to residents and tourists? The key themes explored are:

  • How successful public spaces contribute to sustainable development.

  • How urban planning influences climate change.

  • How policy and research influences best practice in urban and climatic design.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe how successful public spaces contribute to sustainable development.

  • Explain how policy and research influence best practice in urban and climatic design.

  • Explain how urban planning influences climate change.

  • Improve the local micro-climate of public space to enhance human comfort through case studies.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in placemaking within the tourism industry, at any education level. Individuals considering this career path and professionals who want to upskill will both gain valuable insights.

Learn urban planning from seasoned professionals

With a wealth of experience and expertise in industrial engineering and management, Luleå University of Technology is able to provide great support to anyone enrolled and studying with them.

The lead educator also has extensive knowledge on project management, process management, and problem-based learning. With such high standards, you can expect an equally impressive placemaking course.

Trailer: Place creation and design of public spaces: Place potential

Teacher in charge

David Chapman

David Chapman, Associate Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 491380
Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering