Community Design & Placemaking

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Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking motivates people to remake public spaces. It is a collaborative process that can shape our public sphere to maximize shared value. Placemaking pays particular attention to the physical, cultural and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.


An effective Placemaking process makes the most of a local community’s resources, inspiration and potential. It creates quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness and welfare.


Placemaking is looking at, listening to and asking questions of people who live, work and play in a particular area. It discovers their needs and aspirations. The information gathered is then used to create a shared vision for that place. This vision can change into an implementation strategy, beginning with minimal, immediate improvements for public spaces.  


Placemaking is

  • flexible

  • transformative

  • comprehensive

  • collective



Placemaking is not

  • unreasonable

  • prohibitive

  • a quick fix solution

  • stagnant