Sandbox Studios

Example studios, get inspired find a studio

Sandbox studios are university classes run around an issue or opportunity. It usually has 10-20 students involved from various disciplines working together to engage community into co creating ideas for the issue.

Below you can link to studios that have been run around Australia, you can see how the studios were run, what the outcomes where and the types of placemaking they did – popup, high street, laneway, park, precinct, new development, shopping centre revitalisation and so forth.

Studio name and location Type of placemaking Stakeholders
Newport Studio – Melbourne, Vic  park, revitalisation Artists, council, traders and community
Performing landscapes – Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Vic park, revitalisation University staff, designers, students, Artists, council and community
New neighbourhood, Point Cook, Vic retail, public space, shopping centre, pop-up University staff, designers, students, Council, traders and community
University of Melbourne – Living Pavilion, Vic Events, temporary, pop-ups University staff, designers, students, Indigenous stakeholders and nature
Preston Market, Vic Market, urban renewal, densification University staff, Council, traders, students and community
Spring vale laneways, Vic Public space, Multicultural space, laneway Council, traders, students and community
Brolga lakes Qld Urbanisation, sustainable development Council, Community, Planning students, John Mongard Landscape and Michael Myer
Elen Grove Qld Retail centre, retail, public space, shopping centre, main street Elen Grove shopping centre owners, residents, Brisbane city council, retailers.
West End Brisbane, Qld Outdoor space, wellbeing, social change, transition Council, traders, students and community, UQ
Woolloongabba planning studio, QLD Inner urban, suburban UQ, John Mongard, CoDesign Studio, Students
Perth – placemaking, kids, activation and agency, WA Cultural hub, art hub, education, children Community, children, Curtin University, Baldivis Children’s Forest
Perth – Indigenous informed landscape design of university campus, WA landscape, Indigenous, ecology Students with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ecologists, Curtin University, community leaders, and geographers
Perth – mapping and plan Bayswater (1), WA Community hub, housing Future Bayswater, students, community, Curtin University
Perth – industrial revitalisation Bayswater (2), WA Strategy Future Bayswater, students, community, Curtin University
Adelaide – Oaklands crossing community connections, SA Transport hub and community hub Students, Uni of Adelaide, community reps and the City of Marion
Adelaide – Reflecting Indigenous and religious meaning, SA Redevelopment of the community space Students, Uni of Adelaide, DYC, Council and community representatives
Adelaide – Climate Refuge, SA Rapid prototype place activation installation Students, Uni of Adelaide, Council and community representatives
Adelaide – Crawford Lane – from lane to place, SA Lane revitalisation Students, Uni of Adelaide, community reps, Aspect Studios, Charles Sturt Council and Hindmarsh Stadium, home of Adelaide Utd FC.
Sydney – Codesigning urban landscapes, NSW Ecological and active transport corridor Students, UNSW, GreenWay, community and local stakeholders