Category Archives: placemaking

A New Book Explores the Art & Science of Place Attachment

Like many Americans, Melody Warnick was a chronic mover. With her husband and family, she hopscotched five states in 15 years. The next place was always going to be the one they’d put down roots in and love. That led Warnick, a freelance writer, to ponder the concept of place attachment. In her wonderful new […]

Seattle’s Third Place Books Has Figured Out How to Thrive in Amazon’s Shadow

“[Third Places] are the heart of a community’s social vitality, the grassroots of democracy, but sadly, they constitute a diminishing aspect of the American social landscape.” -Ray Oldenbur Sociologist Ray Oldenburg believed each of us needs three places: the home, the workplace or school, and beyond that, a third place – a public space on neutral […]

Placemaking and the Battle For Human Scale Cities

The way we build matters. Sterile megastructures stress people out, and the domineering ‘architecture of doom’ favored by Hitler is still casting dark shadows across the globe. Contrast that to a streetscape that invites people to linger, sit and interact—a street with a human scale environment. In this piece, Stephen Burke of the nonprofit Project […]

A Michigan Program Combines Crowdfunding And Grants to Fund Civic Projects

The Midtown Green Alley is more than a 415-foot stretch of green space connecting Alexandrine and Selden Streets in Midtown Detroit. It’s a symbol of the community’s hopes for the area. The newly renovated alley features native landscaping, an edible garden, permeable paving stones and art installations created by local artists. And it will serve […]

Build It So They Will Come: 11 Principles For Creating Great Public Spaces

How do you create an effective public space? It’s not as easy as you might think. As the urbanist (and PPS mentor) William “Holly” Whyte said, “It’s hard to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.” At the Project for Public Spaces, we have […]

Arts-Based Placemaking is Revitalizing Communities. Could it Help Yours?

Arts-based Placemaking is an integrative approach to urban planning and community building that stimulates local economies and leads to increased innovation, cultural diversity, and civic engagement. The benefits of using arts and culture to tap into a place’s unique character extend well beyond the art world. Across sectors and at all levels, leaders and policymakers […]