spaceandplace has been invited to contribute to an EU research project looking at the new science of placemaking.
Since many people have never heard of placemaking – and it is a central part of what space and place does – this is how Wikipedia defines it:
‚Placemaking is an approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking uses a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, to create public spaces that promote health, happiness, and well-being. It is political due to the nature of place identity. It can be either official and government led, or community-driven, grassroots tactical urbanism, such as extending footpaths with chalk, paint, and planters, or open streets events such as Bogotá’s Ciclovía. Good placemaking improves underused space and the urban experience at the pedestrian scale.‘
The international project PlaceCity – Placemaking for Sustainable, Thriving Cities aims to advance placemaking as a new approach to creating better cities together, by gathering placemaking tools and implementing those tools in the partner cities Vienna and Oslo. The aim is not merely to test the tools but also to establish sustainable business cases for placemaking in local contexts. The consortium in Vienna consists of Superwien, MA 18 – Urban Development and Urban Planning, University for Applied Arts – Social Design. The central area of Floridsdorf will be our test ground for placemaking.
We’ll be looking at our tour last month of the city at night, the night-time economy and the sense of place in central Floridsdorf. And Eugene will also speak about space and place’s attempts to liven up public space in Vienna, in a powerpoint presentation.
Meet: Creative Cluster, Schlingerhof, 1210 (U6/S Floridsdorf)
Date: Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Walk leader: Eugene Quinn
no need to register