Introduction to Placemaking

Introduction to Placemaking


Introduction to Placemaking is an intensive two-day course that will equip you with a broad overview in the field of placemaking. This introductory course will cover placemaking concepts, tools, and methods that are being used by professional placemakers around the world. This course also allows you to identify the techniques used by placemakers through discussions, case studies, and interactive exercise.

This course is suitable for professionals and students who are new to the field and are exploring integrating placemaking into their organisation or work. We also encourage teams of professionals embarking on a new project to register as a group to maximise their collective ability in implementing Placemaking projects.



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Who Should Attend

  • Individuals & teams in the real-estate/property development sector and related fields
  • Individuals & teams in community development, events & programmes, outreach & marketing
  • Practicing Architects & Urban Designers
  • Artists & Creatives who are interested in the narratives of neighbourhoods

What You’ll Learn

1. Why Placemaking?

- The emergence of placemaking in recent years, the value it brings to our cities, and why it will continue to be a game changer in urban development.

2. What is Placemaking?

- The definition of placemaking and its origins, the qualities of a good place, the values underlying the discipline, and recognising the difference of place-driven design and events

3. Who is involved in Placemaking?

- Identifying and understanding the various stakeholders in the placemaking process including the opportunities and challenges of involving them.

4. Where can we do placemaking?

- Identifying sites that are often suitable for placemaking, and uncovering opportunities and challenges with the variety of scales and typologies

5. When should placemaking happen?

- Understanding the various forms of placemaking at various stages of the project and it's capabilities to affect change at various stages of development.

6. How should we do placemaking?

- The tools and methods of assessing placemaking needs, the collaborative placemaking process, and measuring the impact of placemaking efforts.


Basic knowledge of urban development will be beneficial but not necessary.

Date and Venue

Dates Venue  
28 Feb to 1 Mar 2019 (Thurs & Fri) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm SIT@SP, Level 6, SR6A, 510 Dover Rd, Singapore 139660 Registration Closed


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  Full Fee After SF Series Funding After SF Mid-Career
Enhanced Subsidy
Singapore Citizen (Below 40) /
Singapore PR
$1,498.00 $449.40 Not Eligible
Singapore Citizen (40 & above) $1,498.00 $449.40 $169.40
Non Singaporeans $1,498.00 Not Eligible Not Eligible



  • All figures include GST. GST applies to individuals and Singapore-registered companies.
  • You can opt for either SF Series Funding or Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. Both cannot be combined.

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Terms & Conditions:

SkillsFuture Course Funding

To be eligible for the 70% training grant awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:

  1. Be a Singaporean Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  2. Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the course

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

To be eligible for the 90% enhanced subsidy awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:

  1. Be a Singaporean Citizen
  2. Be at least 40 years old
  3. Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the course

SIT reserves the right to collect the balance of the course fees (i.e. the potential grant amount) directly from the applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) should the above requirements not be fulfilled.

Certificate and Assessment

An SITLEARN Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who:

  • Attend at least 100% of the course
  • Undertake non-credit bearing assessment during the course

Course Instructors



Adib Jalal

Director, Shophouse & Co


Adib is an urbanist on an exploration of making our cities great places for people to live in. He is the Co-founder and Director of placemaking studio, Shophouse & Co a consultancy that helps developers and communities create inclusive and sustainable places for people to live, work, and play.

Previously, Adib served as the Festival Director of Archifest – a festival of ideas for the city – from 2012 and 2013 where he restructured it to its current form by introducing the Archifest Pavilion competition and other content pillars alongside a new visual identity. Prior to that, he had stints as a lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic School of Design; as a multi-disciplinary designer at award-winning design studio FARM; and as the Editor-In-Chief of FIVEFOOTWAY, a blog about Asian cities which he co-founded in 2007.

Adib is also a World Cities Summit Young Leader and also sits on the Global Placemaking Leadership Council. Passionate about nurturing communities, he is also an adjunct lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts, and volunteers time as a grassroots leader in his neighbourhood. Adib is based in Singapore and holds a Bachelor (Hons) Architecture from National University of Singapore.



Dr Nicholas Teo

Lecturer and Deputy Programme Director of BA (Hons) Communication Design

Singapore Institute of Technology


Nicholas is a design anthropologist who teaches design methodologies at Singapore Institute of Technology. His experience in applying design to different schools ranges from business to healthcare. His research interests include experience design, spatial design, service design, ethnographic methodologies, and popular culture.

Having graduated from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne and having work experience in both Australia and Europe, Nicholas has been exposed to the values and nuances of designing and understanding of different cultures and communities.

Through the awarding of various grants locally, Nicholas has been able to work closely with various companies to build better design driven solutions. He has presented his work and research on design and education around the world and is now trying to build a stronger design community in Singapore.

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