Placemaking: making places for and with our community
Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalises 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)
Placemaking is about making community spaces for people, using the community for ideas but also to make the process happen. Placemaking is community driven and inclusive, supported by councils but not controlled by them.
Jane Jacobs and William H. Whyte are considered to be founders of the idea in the 1960s, offering groundbreaking ideas about designing cities that catered to people, not just to cars and shopping centers.
For Beach Haven, we were fortunate enough to have David Engwicht visit for a workshop,
initiated by the Birkenhead Northcote Community Board and the North Shore City Council.
See Project for Public Spaces for more on what Placemaking is.