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Placemaking

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An introduction to placemaking, focusing on downtown Phoenix

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Placemaking

  1. 1. capturing the soul of a neighborhood. creating local identity. designing spaces through peoples’ eyes creating an environment that people gravitate to. embracing people, buildings, events, nature. storytelling creating spaces that serve the public. placemaking creating a sense of place and a place of sense taking back the public realm bringing people together creating character and meaning
  2. 2. what is placemaking? making a public space a living place through: • the design of places, • the experiences they make possible, and • the consequences they have in our lives.
  3. 3. “ We are good at putting up buildings but we are bad at making places. Bernard Hunt architect practicing in London
  4. 4. from space to place
  5. 5. “ The more mobile we become as a society, the more we crave a sense of rootedness, community and belonging. Nan Ellin Associate Professor and Planning Program Director, ASU
  6. 6. placemaking is... people!
  7. 7. 6 elements 1. mixed uses 2. successful streets of successful 3. open space placemaking 4. urban scale 5. movement framework 6. sense of place
  8. 8. 1. mixed uses • -clusteredfood, retail, art, including activities health, recreation • providing well integrated facilities • establishment to serve village center of a community • provides mutual support
  9. 9. 2. Successful Streets • -shared spaces strollers, cars... modes walking, cycling, for multiple • pedestrian only spaces • responsive to adjacent land uses
  10. 10. 3. Open Space • safe, well overlooked open space and play areas • green is good • respect the established landscape setting
  11. 11. 4. Urban Scale • compact design • human scale • legible layout • public ground level uses
  12. 12. 5. Movement Framework • permeability - choice of routes • -pedestrian networks social, commercial, aesthetic experiences • public transport linkages
  13. 13. 6. Sense of Place • showcase local assets • public art • be authentic • iconic structures
  14. 14. anchors of place in dtPHX • Roosevelt Row and Grand Ave - galleries and live music • Fair Trade Cafe - and other local businesses • Civic Space Park • Downtown Public Market • ASU • Light Rail
  15. 15. where to start? • Attend events • Volunteer • Assignments • Get out!
  16. 16. next steps • go and take a close look at your neighborhood • come back with stories. • share
  17. 17. resources • friends and classmates! • Downtown Voices Coalition • Downtown Phoenix Journal • CenPho.tv • Roosevelt Row • Local First Arizona • Phoenix Friday Night, - esp DTFN and LRFN
  18. 18. ponder... • Where do you spend your time? • Is there open space where you can just hang out? • Is there some history to talk about? • What are the places you care about? • What would you change?
  19. 19. capturing the soul of a neighborhood. creating local identity. designing spaces through peoples’ eyes creating an environment that people gravitate to. embracing people, buildings, events, nature. storytelling creating spaces that serve the public. end taking back the public realm bringing people together creating character and meaning

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