Placemaking is not a "nice to have", it's a "must do!
"Placemaking ... ? Sure, if we get some extra budget and it doesn't get in the way of the real work, we could do some ... placemaking".
#Placemaking can be perceived of as a "nice to have", particularly by governments with "more important things to do".
This view completely misses the purpose and opportunities that placemaking offers. Our online courses feature whole lessons on why it is a "must do", particularly in these times.
Placemaking is important because it both challenges the existing structures, cultures and mindsets of #governments, and provides a practical, cost-effective and implementable approach that can be tailored for each context and community.
Placemaking also challenges and provides opportunities for #residents, #landowners and #businesses to be active contributors, rather than passive (and sometimes negative) consumers of government services (the ratepayer mindset).
It provides health, social, governance and economic benefits that we further detail in our courses. Placemaking focuses on what really matters in our lives - people and places.
As Ethan Kent from PlacemakingX says:
"The future of thriving and resilient cities is not led by sustaining or innovating around infrastructure and services, but by building the capacity of communities to drive their own shared value to sustain Placemaking.
Cities are not going to effectively compete with each other by just developing better physical infrastructure, but by creating great places ...
Placemaking shouldn't be any one's job, it should be everyone's job."
Find out more at https://www.placemaking.education/