Placemaking Resources

The following resources are meant to inspire and provide ideas for feasible and achievable placemaking projects within your community.


What is Placemaking?

What if We Built Our Communities Around Places? 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.


Tactical Urbanism

Tactical urbanism includes low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment, usually in cities, intended to improve local neighbourhoods and city gathering places.


How to Engage Your Community

Community engagement and involvement is at the core of placemaking. Building places for people, with people is critical to ensure that all people see themselves in a place and feel a sense of belonging. How you engage community is the first step toward inclusivity.


Promotion

Reaching your community broadly to ensure engagement and awareness is a key element to inclusion and participation. If you want to create a great place, you’ll need to involve as many people as possible. Your community is full of neighbours with interesting ideas and desires for what role local public spaces need to fill, and the resulting space can only reach its greatest potential if it can be responsive and useful for the broadest group of people.


Measuring Success

Evaluating engagement allows you and the public to determine participant satisfaction, identify lessons learned, and improve future engagement strategies. There are always takeaways that help refine and enhance the next project!

These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only, meant to support and guide; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Develop Nova Scotia of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. Develop Nova Scotia bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

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