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What is Placemaking?

What is Placemaking?
What if we built our communities around places? As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution. With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being. Placemaking begins at the smallest scale.

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Chapter 6. Love, loss and ‘going Home’: the intimate lives of Victorian settlers In May 1885, Arbella Winter Cooke received a letter from her son Sam, who was on an extensive honeymoon in Europe. He and his wife, Alice, were having a wonderful time and liking Florence ‘very much’ but, Sam assured his mother, she need not fear that ‘it or any other place will charm us away from Victoria’. With a flourish, he added, ‘We are looking forward to our return Home.’ URBAN SCENARIO PLACETTE SALENGRO DUNKERQUE (FR) Client: Société Publique de l’agglomération Dunkerquoise Date: 2013 Status: Shortlisted competition Program: Urban scenario Scope: Urban revitalization and social activation of Salengro Square in the historical centre of Dunkerque. The idea of the BIG TABLE, developed for the competition Mise en place d’un Scenario Urbain, Placette Salengro, is an added value to the existing project for the urban requalification of Dunkerque’s city center through the activation of a living, mobile and playful urban “layer”. It is a targeted intervention in the city center, where the BIG TABLE can produce a recognizable and identifiable intensification of urban life. Our idea is not a monumental intervention, since it respects the graceful proportion of Placette Salengro, the natural paths in the urban context and the historical presence of Saint Eloi Church with its annexe belfry.

the Art of Geography What is the sense of place? It is a combination of characteristics that makes a place special and unique. Sense of place involves the human experience in a landscape, the local knowledge and folklore. Sense of place also grows from identifying oneself in relation to a particular piece of land on the surface of planet Earth. Another way of looking at sense of place is contrast: places like strip malls have little sense of place because they more or less all look very similar, often have no name and no one who wants to spend any time there or write anything about them.

ecosistema urbano . portfolio Client: Intermediae Matadero Date: 2008 Status: Competition 2nd Prize Program: Temporary cover for the courtyard at Matadero Contemporary Art center Scope: Concept design This is not an umbrella is the confluence of both scientific and poetic reasonings: A lightweight, low cost and superficial solution which enables the climatic control of a large outdoor space. The proposal is thought as a citizen participation action, incorporating the temporary use of 1.500 everyday objects (umbrellas) that convey a complex and rich new image, and provide the patio with a pleasant shade. - Health of People, Places and Planet - ANU Foreword Stephen V. Boyden This remarkable collection of papers bears witness to the breadth, depth and originality of Tony McMichael’s outstanding contribution to the health sciences over the past four decades.

ecosistema urbano . portfolio Client: Intermediae Matadero Date: 2009 Status: Completed Program: Participation in the collective art project ALTERPOLIS (Curator:Arturo Franco) Scope: Design, strategy management and implementation. Learning how to create a playful urban environment from kids. Is it utopian to turn the city into a field of experimentation and play? Is it possible to integrate the different areas that make up the public space to avoid the fragmentation affecting contemporary cities? From our point of view the contemporary city should be rethought as a transformation of the present reality around us rather than a new reality to be built from scratch. Perils of place: identifying hotspots of health inequality Perils of place: identifying hotspots of health inequality by Stephen Duckett Listen to a podcast of the authors discussing the report

TEMPORARY BEACH ON THE MOON SQUARE Client: Local Association Date: 2006 Status: Completed Program: Urban action to improve a deprived public space in downtown Madrid Scope: Design, strategy management and implementation In contrast to traditional problem-solving methods for reactivating degraded public spaces in historical centers, we believe other forms of intervention are possible without spending vast amounts of money, time, and energy. We focus on low-cost actions capable of generating responses and reactions from residents. A self-produced revitalization process where citizens play an active role in the creation of public space. This proposal shows and tests new notions of neighborhood connectivity, developed to have a positive effect on everyday life through the creation of a new, temporary urban scene (Beach on Plaza de la Luna). Related links:

Losing childhood places in an age of regulatory rollback - Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA by Kyla Wilson I was raised on the sandstone hills above San Elijo Lagoon, just a couple miles south of Batiquitos Lagoon. As a child, these inlets where river runoff meet ocean were sanctuaries from suburbia.