What is Placemaking?

The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) defines placemaking as, “a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design, and management public spaces.” A growing international movement, placemaking capitalizes “on a local community’s assets, inspiration and potential, ultimately creating good public space that promotes people’s health, happiness and well being.”

PPS Place Diagram

Source: http://www.pps.org

What are Attributes of Successful Public Spaces?

According to PPS, the four key attributes of successful public spaces are those that provide:

  • Access and Linkages – with destinations that are convenient and connected
  • Comfort and Image – that foster a sense of safety and security
  • Uses and Activities – that are lively, provide unique experiences, and are settings for celebrations, gatherings, and fun
  • Sociability – that promote active engagement of all people in social activities

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