Archive for Placemaking

  • The Lawn on D, a public space for Bostonians to relax and come together as a community.  Source: Flickr/Lorianne DiSabato

    The Lawn on D, a public space for Bostonians to relax and come together as a community. Source: Flickr/Lorianne DiSabato

  • The Colosseum still stands today, grand symbol of the Roman empire’s might—but also an ancient public space that once provided entertainment to the Roman people.  Source: Dale Harvey

    The Colosseum still stands today, grand symbol of the Roman empire’s might—but also an ancient public space that once provided entertainment to the Roman people. Source: Dale Harvey

A Curious Connection: Placemaking and…Ancient Rome?

By CivicMoxie Spring Intern Sydney Throop Picture yourself front and center in a huge stadium, surrounded by thousands of your fellow city-dwellers. All of a sudden, a chariot races ferociously across your view and you spot your favorite chariot-driver in the lead. You jump to…

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The Placemaking “Space”

The Placemaking “Space”

“How do you make a place? Aren’t places already here?” That’s a question I get often during my speaking engagements and in my consulting work. Sometimes it is pure puzzlement. What is this term placemaking that isn’t really a word and that comes up as…

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First in “Site Unseen” Series! – Winooski, VT

First in “Site Unseen” Series! – Winooski, VT

Site Unseen #1: Winooski, VT Traffic Circle Rotary Park, Winooski, VT While visiting my brother in Stowe, Vermont I stumbled across this gem of a town with a big, green, but under-used public square in the middle of the downtown traffic circle.  Coming from a…

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Walls, Programming and Audience: Placemaking Lessons for Arts and Cultural Organizations

Walls, Programming and Audience: Placemaking Lessons for Arts and Cultural Organizations

In late November, news broke that the $42 million  August Wilson Center for African American Culture is bankrupt.    The New York Times article reporting on the news states that the Center “appears to be a victim of mismanagement by its senior staff and board of…

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The Bloomberg 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge: Take a Placemaking Approach

The Bloomberg 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge: Take a Placemaking Approach

Earlier this fall, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge: “a competition to inspire European cities to come up with bold ideas that solve major problems and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities.” This is a great opportunity…

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Boston’s First Parklets: Applying the Lessons outlined in “Places in the Making”

Boston’s First Parklets: Applying the Lessons outlined in “Places in the Making”

An article in the Sunday Boston Globe 11/17/13, “Parklets a work in progress after an underwhelming debut,” discusses the first two parklets in Boston (in Mission Hill and in Hyde Square in Jamaica  Plain) and describes their “uninspiring inaugural season.” Installed earlier this year, the…

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“Places in the Making” available today!

“Places in the Making” available today!

New research released today from the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning explores the current state of placemaking and offers some exciting insights into what is happening in the field, as well as recommendations for moving forward.  My research team delved into the literature,…

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