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Placemaking - What if we build our cities around places?

What is placemaking?

This booklet from the Project for Public Spaces is an in-depth exploration of the multidimensional idea of what makes a 'Place' and how we can use it to enhance public spaces - including parks!

Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value.

More than just promoting better urban design, placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.


Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design, and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.

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Author: Project for Public Spaces (USA)

Estimated Read Time: 30 minute read