Placemaking is about the collaboration between all elements which make the whole, coming to life through its use. It is our experience of place that gives it meaning. Placemaking is the art of creating public ‘places of the soul,’ that uplift and help us connect to each other; “making a Public Space a Living Space.”
According to Markusen and Gadwa (2010),
“In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.”
Markusen, A. and Gadwa, A. (2010) Creative placemaking. Washington, DC: National Endowment for the Arts. Available at: http://www.nea.gov/pub/CreativePlacemaking-Paper.pdf.