Ipswich City Council is excited to bring you Building Better Blocks and Neighbourhoods, a placemaking and city shaping thought leadership event with some practical hands-on experience.

Friday 12 August 2022
9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Level 1, 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich

As part of their Australian tour, Better Block will be showcasing their innovative process to activate public spaces and bring people together. Supported by a strong line up of placemaking experts the event will inspire and energise you to think outside the box.

The placemaking movement is gaining momentum here in Queensland, so if you are wanting to expand your knowledge, learn and understand the different approaches and processes, then this is the event for you.

In addition to the learnings, there will also be opportunities to meet and network with like-minded people.


  • Krista Nightengale, Better Block Texas, USA
  • Dean Cracknell, Town Team Movement, TAS/WA
  • Steven Burgess, Complete Streets, TAS
  • Brooke Williams, FourFold Studio, QLD

The event will conclude with a panel discussion with the four experts, then it’s time to translate the principles and theory learnt during the day into action with some hands-on placemaking.

Ipswich Central Revitalisation is the catalyst for this event with a focus on the businesses and local community and the journey that we have undertaken which promotes the value of placemaking.

Stay and enjoy Unlock the Block delivered by Ipswich Central Partnership.

Friday 12 August 2022
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich

Unlock the Block is an event to ‘Unlock’ the potential of d’Arcy Doyle place by creating a space full of energy, excitement, and enthusiasm.

The event will include:

  • a local food trail for bites and beverages around Ipswich Central
  • street art for those Instagramable moments
  • children’s activities to entertain
  • and Ipswich’s own Talent Competition.

Unlock the Block is a celebration of the work completed by the community in partnership with international organisation Better Block and Town Team Movement. Earlier in the day volunteers built seats, painted signs and decorated d’Arcy Doyle to ignite people’s imagination of just what Ipswich Central could be.


9.00 am – 9.10 am

Welcome and introduction by City of Ipswich

Mayor Teresa Harding

9.10 am – 9.35 am

Placemaking and the Ipswich Central Revitalisation

Brooke Williams, FourFold Studio, QLD

9.35 am – 10.20 am

What is Better Block and how can you make it happen?

Krista Nightengale, Executive Director of Better Block

10.20 am – 10.40 am

Morning tea break

10.40 am – 11.00 am

The Town Team approach to placemaking and community organising. Building trust, confidence and relationships.

Dean Cracknell, Town Team Movement, TAS/WA

11.00 am – 11.20 am

People, Parking + Prosperity in Town and City Centres

Steven Burgess, Complete Streets, TAS

11.20 am – 11.50 am

Panel Discussion/Q&A with Brooke, Krista, Dean, and Steven

11.50 am – 12.45 pm

Lunch and networking in 1 Nicholas Street

12.45 pm – 1.00 pm

Change clothes (if needed) and walk to d’Arcy Doyle Place for a 1.00 pm sharp start

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Quick win demonstration project(s) – let’s get out there to practice, learn and make a change. Led by Krista Nightengale.

4.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Ipswich Central Partnership – Unlock the Block event

Working with local businesses, musicians to celebrate the space we have just worked on.

How to get to 1 Nicholas Street (PDF, 185.7 KB)

Meet the experts

Brooke Williams
Brooke is the founder and director of FourFold Studio and previous manager of CoDesign Studio’s Queensland team. She is an industry thought-leader who through her years of experience as co-founded the not-for-profit organisation U.R{BNE} Collective, delivered internationally acclaimed activations and championed the placemaking movement in Queensland. Having begun her career as an Urban Designer, Brooke brings a unique perspective to community engagement undertaken in the build environment industry and how local people can be best placed at the centre of the decision in making progress.

Krista Nightengale
Krista Nightengale is the Executive Director of Better Block. She began her career at D Magazine, the city magazine in Dallas, Texas, where she served as Managing Editor, Executive Director of a leadership group aimed at empowering citizens to take action, and Executive Director of a literacy non-profit that united the city in reading together. She then served as Chief of Staff of the Coalition for a New Dallas, an advocacy group that worked to reunite communities by removing an elevated highway between two neighbourhoods in Dallas. Krista then launched Dallas Innovates, a news site that promotes Dallas-Fort Worth as a hub of innovation. While covering the city, Krista became intrigued by the built environment.

In 2016, she joined Better Block, an international, urban design non-profit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighbourhoods.

In her six years at the Better Block, Krista has worked with neighbours in more than 75 cities to rethink streets, turn parking lots to plazas, and identify the barriers keeping communities from enjoying their public spaces.

She has led study tours in Dallas, Copenhagen, and Malmo and built hundreds of digitally fabricated benches, kiosks, and survey stands. She uses social media to educate around placemaking and transportation, and she’s a pretty adequate drone operator (as long as there’s no wind).

Krista is on the Dallas Comprehensive Land Use Committee, on the steering committee of Big D Reads, a board member of Philanthropy Kids, past-president of the Dallas Architecture and Design Exchange board, former AIA Dallas Board Member, City Lab High School Foundation Advisory Council, Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy cohort for Communities Foundation of Texas, former member of the Dallas Commission on Homelessness, former TEDxSMU steering committee, and a graduate of Leadership Texas.

Dean Cracknell
Dean Cracknell is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Town Team Movement, a Placemaking Enabler, Urbanist and Curator of the Placemaking.Education platform.

He inspires, guides and trains people to be placemakers and positive change makers. He is also a passionate champion for main streets and town centres.

Town Team Movement enables local communities and governments to connect, organise and act to regenerate the fabric of their neighbourhoods and to create better places. It is a non-profit social enterprise building a movement of positive ‘doers’. Find out more at townteammovement.com.

Steven Burgess
Steven Burgess is a change agent for villages, towns and cities. He brings 30+ years’ experience as a transport engineer and urban strategist to reform the balance between car space and economic space in towns and cities all over the world. He uses prosperity and happiness as a driver for better places, and structures land use and movement strategies to achieve just that.

Steven is the author of ‘Complete Streets - Guidelines to Urban Street Design’ published in 2010 and was a contributor to two other international street making publications. He is an international keynote speaker on people places and of course parking, having spoken at events all around Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America, Europe and the UAE.