Powerful Public Spaces

Public Spaces are vital and often overlooked aspects of our society. They serve huge functions for many various people, organisations and organisms. Creating safe and inclusive spaces that cater to all the stakeholders' needs is no easy task. 


This broad module deals with Urban Design and challenges the participants to redesign spaces around them to become more inclusive, safer or greener. 

What’s included in this module?

Teacher resources4 x lesson plans
2 x presentations
2 x teacher’s notes
Learner resources2 x worksheets
2 x supporting resources
2 x rubrics
Projects – experiments1 x public space project

Module key questions

  • What are some characteristics of a great public space?
  • What is place making, and how can it enhance a community?
  • Are the public spaces in my community great public spaces?
  • How can I apply what I’ve learned to make recommendations for turning an existing public space into a great public space?
  • What is the value and role of culture in public spaces?
  • Who owns and cares for public spaces?
  • How can we integrate aspects of our culture into public spaces on our campus?
  • How can we effectively execute a plan to improve a public space on campus?
  • How have improvements we’ve made to public spaces on campus impacted our school community?

Module alignments

Grade | AgesGrade 9-10 | 14-16 years
Term3 (Grade 9)
CAPS subjectGeography
Subject strandDevelopment issues
Sub-topicsPublic spaces – Functions and design
Population structure and movement

This Module includes:

  • Aligned content: This content is aligned with: Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) and the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). A key aspect of these modules is their flexibility and customisation across curricula, such as Cambridge and Steiner/Waldorf Education.
  • A range of teaching strategies, skills and knowledge: The flow of the module has been structured using Project-Based Learning and Design Thinking frameworks. A variety of pedagogical approaches are present between and within each lesson. Learners are challenged theoretically and practically through project and problem-based inquiry of real-world issues.
  • Sustainable development goals: Each lesson is aligned with an appropriate United Nations Sustainable Development Goal(s).

Not Enrolled

Module Includes

  • 4 Lessons