Placemaking is a people-centred approach to planning and activating places.
It is the community who breathe life into a places and nurture them into the future.
Encouraging community to be part of the design process leads to places that are special, unique and meet local needs.
Place design can influence whether people want to use it, what they do there and how they feel about it:
- If a place is badly designed it is likely to be underused, it may attract antisocial behaviour and become dangerous. This can lead to a downward spiral.
- If a place is well designed with community input, it is likely to be well used, attracting positive activity and becoming a safe, inviting place to be. This positivity can become self-perpetuating.
Placemaking aims to achieve safe, vibrant and welcoming places and long-term community benefit.