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:
Insectaries and Bee Habitat
Creative solutions to issues your neighborhood is facing
Alternative energy projects
Art installations with recycled and reclaimed materials
Water catchment systems
Inter-organizational community collaborations in new parts of the city