What is placemaking?

Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces.

“What attracts people most, it would appear, is other people,” —William H. Whyte, urban planning visionary

“Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well being.“—Wikipedia

Get involved with Placemaking Week, a week-long global gathering of placemakers that emphasizes hands-on learning and innovative social events, while leaving behind a public space legacy in host cities.

The McConnell Foundation has a great example of placemaking — in Toronto’s Don Valley ravine.

Learn about Project for Public Spaces, a non-profit planning, design, and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.

Learn about desire paths, great venues for placemaking. Desire paths are path created by regular use by people on foot or on bicycles and they emerge as shortcuts where already-constructed routes take a longer, more circuitous path, or there’s a gap in the route, or a route doesn’t exist.