Placemaking

A canal under a bridge in Buffalo is lined by chairs and tables, people walking about, looking at peddle boats on the water.

What Makes Placemaking Work

New qualitative research into three example public spaces in the United States offers best practices and obstacles to avoid in the placemaking process.

August 23, 2021 - Brookings: The Avenue

Australia

Unlocking the City with Context Keys

The human memory is so powerful that a place on pavement suddenly can trigger a stream of imagery from the distant past, or a meaningful story of something that once happened there. We should champion such keys to the context of a place.

March 10, 2021 - Charles R. Wolfe

BLM Plaza, Washington, D.C.

Pop Quiz: What Kind of Post-2020 City-Maker Are You?

The State of Place blog is offering a pop quiz designed to help you diagnose the kind of post-2020 city-maker you are.

February 5, 2021 - State of Place

Quincy Market

Rethinking Place Governance to Advance Equitable Development

The Boston Foundation's first Place Leadership Network process offers lessons in how to build place-based coalitions to advance the cause of equity.

December 14, 2020 - Brookings

Belden Place

Do You Have The Place Gene?

Everybody does, says Bill Fulton. Here's how to hone yours—and talk to people who you think don't have it.

November 30, 2020 - Bill Fulton via Medium

Streetlighting

Seeing the Street

A San Francisco-based design studio describes the thought process behind an effort to push outdoor lighting design beyond the lowest common denominator allowed by bureaucracy and status quo thinking.

October 18, 2020 - Nash Hurley

irishtown bend

Legacy Cities, Post-Pandemic

The question of how the pandemic and all of its corresponding crises will alter the future of cities and planning has persisted since March. This article rightfully focuses those large, challenging questions of the Legacy Cities of the United States.

September 24, 2020 - Economic Innovation Group

Summer

Placemaking for Place Marketing

Looking to boost awareness of the special charms of your unique city? Look for chances to leverage placemaking when place marketing.

December 3, 2019 - Forbes

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Lessons in 'Transformative Placemaking'

Brookings has collected a year of data on an experiment it calls "transformative placemaking," with case studies from up and down the East Coast.

November 26, 2019 - Brookings

High Line with Denari

Recoupling Planning and Landscape Architecture

A closer marriage between planning and landscape architecture would mean strong connections between the processes of policy making and place making.

November 21, 2019 - ASLA The Dirt

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.