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Placemaking and Public Space Design: Unlocking Place Potential

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

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Placemaking and Public Space Design: Unlocking Place Potential

521 enrolled on this course

  • 2 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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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.

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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds What makes a world class tourist destination?

Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds What makes a successful public space?

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds What is the difference between a good public space and a great public space? Why have some public spaces destination’s for citizens and tourists alike.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 seconds Why do some public spaces create new economic opportunities? How do you know if public space will be attractive. How does the climate make or break a public space? How can we use the climate in our favour? Working with the sun to light up the public spaces, using the shade to cool them. Finding shelter from the rain and wind. Learn how to make a successful urban space. Learn how to design for better microclimate. Learn how to think about successful spaces.


  • Week 1

    Contextualising urban design and micro-climate

    • Introduction to the course

      Here you get all the information about the course that you might need.

    • Sustainability and climate change

      Sustainability, and how to tackle climate change, is a growing concern both globally and locally.

    • Theoretical underpinnings

      Much research is devoted to understanding what shapes successful places. An understanding of this helps implementing desired planning goals.

    • Summary and reflection: Week 1

      Here your lead educator summarizes the first week and gives you some questions for reflection.

  • Week 2

    Best practice in urban design and micro-climatic design

    • Welcome to Week 2

      In Week 2 of this course, you will continue the journey of exploring the micro-climate and public space, and how places can be designed depending on location.

    • Planning policy framework

      Planning policy is a framework of which all urban design is dependent. It spans from international agreements to local policies.

    • Urban design in different climates

      Depending on the climate zone and local planning context, different things need to be considered when planning public places.

    • Analysing public spaces

      Now you will analyse public spaces at different locations.

    • Course closure and reflection

      Here your lead educator summarizes the course and gives you some questions for reflection.

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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 urban planning influences climate change.
  • Explain how policy and research influence best practice in urban and climatic design.
  • 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.

Who will you learn with?

I am an architect &town planner with over 20 years of experience of working at the interface between society, practice and academia. This provides me with unique insights into the various interface.

I am a conservation specialist, having worked with built environments, historic sites and urban planning both in practice and academia.

Who developed the course?

Luleå University of Technology

The Luleå University of Technology mission is to shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results. Located in the arctic region, the university creates global societal benefit.

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