Tobias Volbert

Tobias Volbert

Registered Landscape Architect & Open Space Planner

Tobias Volbert is a Registered Landscape Architect and Open Space Planner educated in Hanover, Germany. Prior to his move to Australia in 2006, Tobias was involved in change management, community consultation and landscape design projects in Germany, New Zealand and Australia. He is a Member of Urban Design Alliance Queensland and the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers. Passionate about sustainability, permaculture and inclusive design, Tobias has been publicly speaking about the merits of 7 senses design around Australia for over 5 years. He is currently involved in two research projects with QUT


Salutogenic Design and the 7 senses - Creating Environments that Support and Inspire Healthy Living for all Ages and Abilities.

In this ever-changing world it is becoming increasingly important to design spaces that not only encourage people to live healthy lifestyles but engage all generations within their community and their surrounding environment to connect and interact. By 2020, people aged over 65 years will outnumber teenagers and urban design will play a significant role in their quality of life. Changing values and demographics has seen a shift from three generations living in one house, mixed age communities to a very fragmented, segregated community approach - aged-care living, young family focused communities etc. On the other side, we know that 60% of all urban dwellers will be under the age of 18 by 2030. Therefore, for cities to flourish, for generations to flourish, we need to embrace the concept of salutogenic design and inter-generational principles.The presentation will discuss the importance of inter-generational and salutogenic design showcasing up to date research findings as well as presenting a case study on a playground Urban Play

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What our Delegates are Saying

"I'm going to seek new ideas and learn from experience of other projects to constantly improve the way we manage our parks and open space . I'm looking forward to learning more around Parks & Open Space, Healthy Active Play and Trees and Gardens"

Jacqui, Manager City Reserves, City of Albany (WA)

"I love to listen, learn, share and spend time with likeminded and inspirational colleagues who are transforming the world park by park, facility by facility, program by program. I am looking forward to seeing Kia Dowell and Katie Sarah. I love being inspired and challenged to make a difference and grow as a leader and contributor to our industry".

Carly, Team Leader Recreation Planning, City of Casey (VIC)

"It is important to keep abreast of latest industry trends, best practice case studies and the valuable networking opportunities. I am looking forward to hearing from Jack Kardys regarding the evolving role of parks - driving health, happiness and economic prosperity".

Matt, Manager Active Communities, City of Holdfast Bay

"I can't wait to meet new people and catch up with old friends at PLA2019. I haven't been to Perth for many years and I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful parks"

Neil, Parks Planner, Parks Victoria

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