TUES 25 MAY 2021


Award Nomination Showcase – Design and Place Tools


Elle Clouston MPIA, 2021 PIA National Awards Judge

Elle is an Acting Principal at HillPDA with over 13 years’ experience working in the public and private sector in NSW and Queensland.

Specialising in strategic planning, Elle aims to bridge the gap between economics, planning and design. Elle is passionate about securing a continued supply of employment lands and revitalising centres to ensure jobs are in appropriate locations for future generations.  Elle has contributed to award winning planning policy work, having undertaken advisory services for various government and private sector organisations across Australia.

Elle is an accredited member of the International Association for Public Participation Australasia (IAP2) and is a Vice President of the NSW PIA Divisional Committee. Elle has performed the role of judge and convenor at the State and National awards over the past three years.

Obelia Tait MPIA

Inhabit Place

Obelia Tait is an urbanist who specialises in place, urban design and architecture. As Director of Tait Network and Inhabit Place she works to shape better cities through the creation of delightful, human-centric solutions to urban problems. She is a passionate advocate for creating space for women in the construction and design industries and integrating great design with the natural world.

Aliza Levy PIA (Assoc.)

Inhabit Place

Aliza Levy is an urban planner and placemaker. As Manager of Inhabit Place she works to improve the experience of the public realm through studying and engaging with the community for a deeper understanding of how we live. She cares about human mobility and believes in the power of urban agriculture to create vibrant communities.

Beth Toon

Place Design Group

With over 20 years’ experience across a broad variety of sectors, Beth has bred an innovative and diverse approach, indicative of her leadership and business development work. Appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2019, Beth is leading Place Design Group into its next phase, with a commitment to long-term growth and success.  An award winning leader, Beth is currently recognised for the development of emerging, innovative methods for strategic communications and consultation across industry and communities. Previously to Place Design Group, Beth co-founded a strategic marketing and communications firm in 2009. Here she led a range of project based services across the corporate, not-for-profit, and lifestyle sectors for nationally and internationally renowned brands. It is this breadth of experience combined with her exceptional, strategic communications skills that have enabled her to apply a new and innovative approach to planning and design throughout Place Design Group and at a broad industry level.

Inhabit Place Tool
Aliza Levy, Inhabit Place

Inhabit Place is a tool to monitor and evaluate public space, allowing for the quantifiable and truthful collection and analysis of place data. It reports real-world observations and advocates for improved urban design outcomes by providing an intimate understanding of how public space is being used. It is a highly innovative locally-born product that tangibly improves planning and design outcomes, creating places to better reflect human scale, need and delight.


Inhabit Place is a Canberra-born product that has the potential to achieve real global change through letting experts and laypersons alike understand and contribute toward the betterment of their cities and towns. Data itself is useless if it doesn’t relate to the lived experience of place. Inhabit Place ground truths our anecdotal perceptions of place by uniting technology with local appreciation and nuance. As a result, the understanding is robust and useful for clients desiring people-focused outcomes.


Inhabit Place has been successfully used in a variety of public spaces including streets, playgrounds, parks, plazas, train stations and bike paths. The tool has informed tactical urbanism projects, capital works and landscape options leading to critical improvements in planning and design. 


Inhabit Place allows an impartial appreciation of how a place is performing and how design can contribute to its improvement. The application provides the real, raw data that articulates how people are using and feeling about a place, creating the link between theory and action that makes the promise of true people-focussed design a reality. It is a tool that seeks to understand, appreciate and potentially improve urban design from a people-focussed, yet data-driven, perspective.

Latrobe and Given Terraces Place Strategy  and Activation Tool Kit

Beth Toon, Place Design Group

Keeping our local centres, thriving, vibrant and economically sustainable is one of the most important challenges facing the planning industry at present. They are the hearts and hubs of local life, and the planning industry is being forced to find new ways to advance our thinking and approach to planning in these critical, local settings.


The newly developed Brisbane Economic Development Agency (formerly Brisbane Marketing) commissioned Place Design Group to deliver the Latrobe and Given Terraces Precinct Strategy and Activation Tool Kit.


With COVID-19 changing the way we live, work and play, it has become clear that retail, hospitality, property and the arts in particular are industries that have been hard hit. And in the case of city fringe centres such as Latrobe and Given Terraces, these are the core services and offerings that make up the historic place fabric and vibrancy of Brisbane’s much-loved Latrobe and Given Terraces precincts.


So how do we as the planning industry, empower local communities to save our centres, and keep them humming?  


The Latrobe and Given Terraces Precinct Strategy and Activation Tool Kit was the first of its kind for Brisbane’s struggling local centres. It’s an exciting, new, highly-localised precinct  planning model for creating brighter futures for our cities local centres.