The CityStudio immersive course returns to Bendigo in 2022.

CityStudio was developed in Vancouver and was first run in Australia in Bendigo 2018. It's an immersive course that takes you outside the classroom to work with your local council, community and La Trobe University to make places more sustainable, inclusive, liveable and joyful.

It brings diverse student disciplines together to combine your skills to problem solve and co-create solutions to a key sustainability question, challenge or opportunity facing the community.

What is CityStudio exploring in 2022?

Work with the City of Greater Bendigo to increase participation in sustainable and active transport in helping to achieve targets set out in Council’s new Climate and Environment Strategy. Drawing on design thinking techniques, you will need to think deeply and creatively around a range of user perspectives in developing and testing ways to engage the community around sustainable and active transport.

Where and when will it take place?

CityStudio runs as an extensive block mode subject PLA3001 CityStudio: Community Planning and Placemaking in Bendigo (24 February - 8 April 2022).

This subject is based in the Planning Program and is open to students from any discipline or campus.

What is involved?

You will develop experimental projects to engage the community around increasing participation in sustainable and active transport, investigating topics such as:

  • facilities for major buildings and developments
  • placemaking and 10 minute neighbourhoods
  • community walking and cycling infrastructure
  • street greening and shade
  • laneway activation

Your project findings and proposals will be showcased to local council, community and other partners in an event called the ‘Hubbub’ at the end of the program.

How can I apply?

We encourage you to apply if you are a committed, innovative and enthusiastic student who is wanting to make change in the community.

PLA3001 is a select entry subject, open to applications from students from any course and campus.

You must have completed 120 credit points and if you are a non planning student, submit an Expression of Interest form, resume and statement of results to be considered for this subject as places are limited.

Applications extended to 18 February 2022

Register your interest

Contact us

If you have any questions about the course, please email Dr Melissa Kennedy via