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.”
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