We provide a totally unique end to end bespoke urban placemaking service. A methodology and process developed by us that allows us to partner with people designing urban environments to inject a detailed level of meaning and creativity into their projects.
We research, engage, report and carry out all phases of design and project delivery - a unique beginning to end methodology. A process also flexible enough to mould to the demands and budgets of any public realm urban design project.
We have a six step process that ensures we can work alongside you to help create meaningful, detailed, creative urban experiences.
Placemaking Strategies can be used to guide a larger design or visioning process..
Our strategies unearth place insights, dive deeply into local history, include demographic and cultural analysis, create target audience personas and provide unique insights into place characteristics from a multitude of viewpoints. When combined with stakeholder or community engagement these documents are powerful tools for delivering a shared vision.
Our strategies contain key drivers that guide outcomes in the public realm such as architecture, landscape design, master planning or place visioning. They have been used in the past to drive architectural outcomes in the public realm such as arts and community hubs and urban city-wide urban renewal design processes.
Our Placemaking Design Process involves unifying stakeholders around a shared vision, we have experience in bringing together diverse perspectives through a design-thinking process run in a facilitated workshop co-design format for small or large groups.
These outcomes feed directly into our design process or into our Placemaking Strategy work. The aim is to allow participants to contribute to the process in a meaningful way and create outcomes that meet the needs of everyone involved.
We have been engaged to create place-oriented design guidelines that are officially endorsed government publications. These guidelines are used by practitioners to inform the design of public places in ways which ensure unique place based outcomes.
Local government has an interest in ensuring development and change is guided by placemaking principles that put people, place and local character first - our unique work in this area ensures this happens.
Being highly experienced in the design and delivery of bespoke, creative outcomes in the public realm we are often engaged ‘client side’ to procure, manage and deliver urban revitalization projects for local government or community organisations.
These projects require a detailed understanding of the complexities of design and delivery of creative works in public places and how these works intersect with local and state planning laws, Australian Standards, structural engineering, electrical engineering and a range of other complex considerations.
POMO works with a hand picked list of artists in a range of mediums across Australia including First Nations artists. This allows us to achieve the bespoke, artistic outcomes we desire in many of our placemaking design and delivery projects. We are perfectly suited to collaborating with other professionals who are looking to integrate public art into their projects.
POMO can partner with contractors, developers, councils and others on any project that has a public art or integrated art component. We can cost detailed design and delivery for any art element big or small; we can help curate outcomes, we can manage all aspects of artist and specialist selection and take on the full design and delivery process through to in-the-ground outcomes.
Contact us now if you have a project with an art component that you need to partner on or need a subcontractor or sub-consultant for with this specialist skill set.
Stephen is founder and design director of POMO having started the business in the late 90’s. Stephen has evolved the practice by focusing not just on the design of ‘things’ but on the design of experiences, in particular the process of generating connections between people and physical places. This has led to a focus on design and delivery projects that have a placemaking focus.
Stephen has an undergraduate degree in Arts (Media and Culture) and Law (Hons) and postgraduate qualifications in Urban Design and Planning. He has also studied Art History & Theory.
John holds a Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architectural Studies) and a Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts (Graphic Design). John is a senior designer with a unique skill set that spans graphic, environmental and built environment design.
John’s background in architecture means he understands the built environment and how people experience spaces.
Nathan works to translate design into practice, using a logical approach to define the hidden structure and foundation of a digital project, working on the parts you don’t see in order to ensure the stability and usability of the parts you do.
He enjoys problem solving, regularly challenging himself with difficult puzzles and practicing logical thinking, his work consists of looking at the goals and expectations of a digital project, defining an efficient way to meet those criteria and then implementing it.
Nathan has a Certificate IV in Website Design and Development and a Bachelor of Interactive Media at QUT.
Olivia has a passion for unlocking the hidden narratives of places with a particular interest in history and culture. Olivia works as POMO’s research coordinator, assisting with deep research, community engagement and writing.
We have been recognised as award winning designers by the Australia Institute of Landscape Architects, specifically we have been part of the core design teams which were awarded these recognitions:
2023 People’s Choice Award Qld - Southport Play Attractor
2023 Landscape Architecture Award Qld - Southport Play Attractor
2023 Regional Achievement Award Qld - Miles Streetscape
2022 Infrastructure Design Award Qld - Sippy Downs Drive & Entrance Statement
2018 Gold National Civic Design Award - Palmwoods Town Square
2018 Civic Design Award of Excellence Qld - Palmwoods Town Square
2018 Community Contribution Award Qld - Palmwoods Town Square
2023 Gold Coast Urban Design Awards - Commendation - Southport Play Attractor
2023 Qld Planning Institute of Australia - Finalist - Nambour Community Revitalisation Strategy
The Miles Streetscape was awarded the commendation in the 2023 Department of Energy and Public Works, Minister’s Urban Design Awards for Movement and Place (Qld)
The design of our POMO studio (which you can read about here) won the Most Sustainable Commercial Building Design Award (Sunshine Coast) at the 2015 at the BDAQ design awards. It went on to be judged by Kevin Mcleod for the national sustainability award later that year. Other awards include gold and bronze at the international W3 awards.
POMO was engaged to collaborate with FourFold Studio and Vee Design in the revitalisation of the main street in Miles Western Queensland. Our role was to delve in the cultural history of the town and then design a number of bespoke creative elements in the landscape that express the uniqueness of the town.
Through a grant from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts POMO was engaged to deliver a city-wide creative placemaking renewal program in the Nambour CBD. The aim of the project was to creatively enhance the town’s night time appeal, encourage foot traffic and visitation.
When we set out to design our studio we approached it like any design project, we began by identifying the priorities and creating a strategic framework to guide the decision making.
The initial priority was to create something simple to build, something sustainable, creatively inspiring and something that was cost effective. Through research it became clear that achieving these things was not necessarily difficult.
Working with the landscape design team POMO were able to create a number of key design initiatives that would contribute to the locally inspired placemaking program and deliver on practical community needs.
POMO was engaged to design and construct a number of landscape elements. Each element was custom designed and born from the uniqueness of Palmwoods, they reference local history, using locally sourced materials and were being made collaboratively with local craftspeople and artisans.
Underlying this was a larger design and management process run by POMO involving construction design, design reporting, engineering certification, construction and project management and installation on-site. A true multidisciplinary and multi-skilled program with a wide range of stakeholders and projects participants.
The project won the Excellence Award at the 2018 Queensland AILA awards for Civic Design. It also won gold in the same category at the national awards.
POMO was engaged to work alongside the Sunshine Coast Council in the renewal of Cribb Street - Landsborough’s main street. The project was part of a larger master planning process being run by council.
Specifically we participated in the community engagement process to help ascertain community attitudes and expectations around the revitalisation project.
Wayfinding is the process of finding one’s way through an unfamiliar environment; signage is one part of a wayfinding strategy, the part that most of us rely upon. In this project, POMO was engaged to create a comprehensive wayfinding strategy for what was arguably the Sunshine Coast’s most difficult to navigate urban precinct.
The owners of the precinct identified wayfinding as a very real need that, is addressed properly, could help improve people’s experience of the space and play a key role in creating of a more vibrant urban centre.
POMO was engaged by principal contractors Buildcorp to undertake the detailed design and fabrication of a number of placemaking elements at 108 Wickham Street Fortitude Valley Brisbane.
The public space between two commercial buildings was being revitalised be lead designers AECOM and POMO worked alongside AECOM to inject meaning, history and locally appropriate stories and overlays into the space
This project involved the detailed design and construction of smart city digital concrete signs for the new Maroochydore City Centre. These signs hold large format digital touch screens which advertise community events and wayfinding information for the new Maroochydore town centre.
The signs are currently in operation at the new Maroochy Town Centre.
In early 2019 the Sunshine Coast Council funded a cutting edge experimental design studio which was run as a capstone industry based subject for students at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Students were given the chance to work collaboratively with industry professionals to design something that would be built in a public place.
The environment in which this project was undertaken was a child care centre that had been renovated and changed a number times throughout a long period of time. The centre has a number of distinct areas of care, separated into sections for children based on age plus a number of staff rooms and administration offices. This method of expansion coupled with the need to direct people to distinct areas in a confined space configuration presented a special wayfinding challenge.
Sunshine Beach is one of Queensland’s most beautiful seaside villages. It has a long history as a surfers’ coastal enclave nestled against the pristine Noosa National Park. This project aimed to upgrade a local public park using a placemaking process and gathering views through a community engagement program.
POMO spearheaded a pro-bono urban renewal project for the benefit of the local Nambour community. The project involved the creation of a sustainable plan aimed at revitalising the downtown Nambour CBD re-shaping the future of Nambour.
Nambour is expected to grow in population by 50% over the next twenty years. With this change comes immense opportunity for Nambour to revitalise and recreate itself as a sustainable and unique Sunshine Coast community. This change must be managed carefully in order to retain the unique character of the township as well as accommodate the changing demographic and land use patterns that will invariably occur.