People's Needs and Placemaking

Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, proposes a new way of looking at placemaking through the lens of the 4 basic human needs (a framework from the field of psychology).

From Vazquez's introduction: "Psychologists say humans have four sets of needs: To be safe and secure, be loved and feel connected to others, to express their power and individuality, and have access to sensually appealing environments. By focusing on these sets of needs in planning, design and development, we can help build places that are more equitable, efficient and sustainable.

This essay explains and connects the concepts of human needs and placemaking, then offers guidance for practitioners. It is meant to provide a framework for planning practice and a launch pad for more conversation."

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