What is Placemaking? Placemaking is a multi-layered process within which citizens foster active, engaged relationships to the spaces which they inhabit, the landscapes of their lives, and shape those spaces in a way which inspires communal stewardship and lived connection. This is frequently accomplished through a creative reclamation of public space: projects which take the form of benches on street corners where neighbors can sit, gather, kiosks on sidewalks where neighbors can post information about local events, needs and resources, and street paintings (Intersection Repair) in the public right-of-way that demonstrate to all who pass through that this is a Place: (inhabited, known and loved by its residents). In all instances, these projects are undertaken by local communities who come together to discuss what it is they want in their neighborhood – what elements are lacking in the public sphere and how the community can work together with the resources they have to further develop their own communities.
Potential Project Ideas:Community gardens • Insectaries and Bee Habitat • Backyard sharing • Gathering spaces • Creative solutions to issues your neighborhood is facing • Benches • Sculptures • Multi-functional spaces • Alternative energy projects • Murals • Art installations with recycled and reclaimed materials • Depaving • Eco-roofs • Reflective Rooftops • Meditation area • Teahouses • Water catchment systems • Intersection repair • Cob structures • Bioswales • Outdoor classrooms • Mosaic work • Permaculture gardens • Cob saunas • Kiosks • Ecological building • Planter boxes • Straw-bale structures • Memorial • Park repair • Street painting • Community theater • Composting toilets • Inter-organizational community collaborations in new parts of the city • Brownfield bio-remediation • Inner-block pathways • Amazing things we have not yet imagined... And below are two videos to inspire you: • The first is a 3 1/2 minute video put together as an invitation for the VBC in Portland 2011 • The second is a 24 second time lapse of an intersection's transformation by placemakers at Share It Square
This Video was put together for the 2014 Village Building Convergence but the information still applies.