Placemaking is defined as a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces, capitalizing on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential.

What is Placemaking?

Placemaking is much more than promoting better urban design; it “facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.” It results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well-being. Essentially, placemaking reinvents public spaces as the heart of every community.

Why Placemaking?

This video briefly defines placemaking and highlights how it can be used to foster a complete community. Complete communities, among other core values, seek to be inclusive, active, and sustainable. Creating vibrant public places can play a vital role in bringing these ideals to fruition in our own communities.

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Placemaking: Reinventing public spaces as the heart of every community

We have designed this Adobe Spark Page centered around placemaking, which includes important resources to assist local governments in incorporating placemaking practices in their communities. This includes a brief description of “The Power of 10+” principle, key questions to consider when designing a public space, and a simplified infographic on “The Placemaking Process.”  Utilizing these resources, and the other information provided in our Toolbox, will assist local government leaders in reinventing public spaces as the heart of their communities.

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