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Placemaking and Placekeeping

Creative placemaking—a term and field of practice promoted by the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace, among others—has, in the last decade, become the go-to approach to the regeneration of neighborhoods in cities large and small. Popular forms of placemaking include cultural events and programming, pop-up and pilot interventions, asset mapping, cultural planning, and citywide tool kits, as well as new public spaces, buildings, and developments. When executed well—with and for communities—these initiatives have a catalytic impact on the health, environment, and local economic development of neighborhoods and cities. When conceived and implemented poorly, placemaking efforts exacerbate social and economic inequalities, contributing to displacement and other negative impacts.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the importance of quality of place on local economic development, and knowledge of what factors drive happiness within communities
  • Knowledge of how communities and developers are taking a “full-scale” neighborhood and community approach to placemaking
  • Familiarity with the partnerships, programming, and approaches that are needed for placemaking in the creative age
  • Best practices, examples, and case studies in placemaking, including public and private sector-led initiatives
  • The ability to develop a creative placemaking approach that can be presented to community and business leaders

Ideal for

  • Professionals and students interested in creative placemaking and urban policy
  • Recent graduates and career changers considering entering the urban planning or related field
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