What is Placemaking?
Placemaking is a method of designing public spaces through community engagement. It operates on the philosophy of ‘places not designs’ and uses interactive sessions to discover the needs, aspirations and views of citizens during the processes of planning, designing and maintain public spaces. This is a really innovative approach to urban planning and involves all aspects of a community in sustainable development.
How can I do it?
Any kind of community meeting to discuss ideas about the development of an area is a form of placemaking and therefore fairly easy to organise, however there is a wealth of information and resources about how to formally organise large or small scale placemaking projects. This is a detailed guide from the American National Endowment for the Arts about creative methods of placemaking and this is a useful article from a large Chicago placemaking company that lists 11 principles of the process.
Image depicts activities during the UN-Habitat Placemaking Week.