Tag Archives: Placemaking

The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking

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This new report from the Project for Public Spaces offers evidence-based guidance, recommendations, and numerous case studies to which health institutions, community organizations, and others can refer in order to create and support healthy placemaking initiatives. This study focuses on five key areas: Social Support & Interaction; Play & Active Recreation; Green & Natural Environments; Healthy Food; and Walking & Biking. Read report... Read more

Partners for Places Round 10 Grant Cycle

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Partners for Places is a matching grant program that improves communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being for all residents. Through these investments, Partners for Places fosters longterm relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. Applications due January 30, 2017. Learn more and apply... Read more

How to Do Creative Placemaking

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This free ebook from the National Endowment for the Arts is an action-oriented guide for making places better. This book includes instructional and thought-provoking case studies and essays from today’s leading thinkers in creative placemaking. It describes the diverse ways that arts organizations and artists can play an essential role in the success of communities across America. Read free ebook... Read more

Michigan Municipal League CEO Discusses Development Strategies to Enhance City Appeal

Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, discusses why placemaking is an important economic development strategy (Haley McLaughlin/ Michigan Daily)
Dan Gilmartin, the executive director and CEO of the nonprofit Michigan Municipal League, spoke on urban development, aiming at educating students about placemaking, which is an economic strategy to boost city appeal by sponsoring events or creating interesting sites to attract a community. Examples of placemaking include areas like Campus Martius, a park between office buildings in downtown Detroit, and events that bring a community together like ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Read more... Read more

EDRA Great Places Award Program

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The Environmental Design Research Association, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, presents the 19th Annual Great Places Awards. The Great Places Awards seek to recognize work that combines expertise in design, research and practice; and contributes to the creation of dynamic, humane places that engage our attention and imagination. Applications due January 31, 2017. Learn more and apply... Read more

Placemaking: What If We Built Our Cities Around Places?

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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 is a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm to maximize shared value. 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. Learn more about Placemaking and how it can help transform public spaces in... Read more

Would You Eat In A Downtown Phoenix Alley? New Program Could Bring Dining, Artwork

Alleys like this one in Phoenix will be activated to invite pedestrians, bicyclists, and shoppers to relax and socialize (Source: phxtaco.com)
Phoenix launched a one-year pilot program to allow “alley activation.” It involves converting all or part of an alley into a clean, safe, more inviting space. The program will include two types of activation: minor, which includes things like murals, potted plants and temporary seating, and medium, which allows more elements, including private and public gathering areas, temporary fencing along vacant lots, banners, shade screens, food and non-alcoholic beverage service. Read more... Read more

Heart of the Community Grant Program

Southwest Airlines and PPS worked with the City of San Antonio’s Center City Development & Operations Department to activate historic Travis Park, located in the heart of downtown San Antonio. (Credit: The Rivard Report)
Heart of the Community is a signature outreach program of Southwest Airlines with a mission to build connections that bring people together and strengthen communities for a more resilient future. Launched in 2014 with lead partner, Project for Public Spaces, Heart of the Community grants provide financial and technical assistance to local community partners who seek to bring new life to their public spaces. Applications due December 5. Learn more and apply... Read more

Placemaking is Economic Development

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After years of economic decline, Michigan’s cities needed rebuilding, but officials knew they had to take a new approach if they wanted their communities to be economically sustainable. Recognizing the potential of placemaking to attract and retain talented workers and businesses, Michigan is using strategic placemaking (combining the tools of smart growth and new urbanism) to target places and accelerate revitalization. In this webinar, experts Jim Tischler and Mark Wyckoff explained how strategic placemaking and broad stakeholder participation is improving... Read more
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