Tobias Volbert

Mr Tobias Volbert

Urban Play, Play Consultant / Landscape Architect / Founder of the 7 Senses, QLD Australia

Tobias Volbert is a Registered Landscape Architect educated in Hanover, Germany. Prior to his move to Australia in 2006, Tobias was involved in community consultation, landscape architecture projects in Germany, NZ and Australia. Passionate about sustainability, permaculture and inclusive design. Tobias has been publicly speaking about the merits of 7 senses design around Australia for over 7 years. He is involved in two research projects with QUT 1. Arc Linkage Project: Intergenerational park design for active and engaged communities and 2. 2018 Engagement Innovation Grant: Gamification - Game on for environmental learning. He is Co-Founder of the 7 Senses Foundation.


Inspirational play environments that wow, stay and develop. Learn about how health-promoting, evidence-based, inclusive design will help our cities and generations flourish.

In this ever-changing world, it is becoming increasingly important to design spaces that not only encourage people to live healthy lifestyles, but spaces that engage all generations within a community and encourage them to connect & interact in their surrounding environment.

By 2030, people aged over 65 years will outnumber teenagers and urban design will play a significant role in their quality of life. At the same time, 60% of urban dwellers will be under the age of 18. Therefore, for cities to flourish and generations to flourish, we need to embrace the concept of salutogenic design and intergenerational design principles.

Originally coined as a health term, salutogenesis can be defined as focusing on factors that support well-being. By designing with salutogenesis in mind and focusing on the interaction between the individual, community and the environment, our spaces will become truly inclusive and encourage everyone, no matter your age, to live playful, happy & healthy lives. This presentation will discuss the importance of intergenerational and salutogenic design along with using design theory-storming to create playful urban environments for all.

Registration & Booking

Key Dates

Registration flat fee

Until 8 September

Program Launch

Mid June

PLA 2021

12-15 September

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