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All Placemaking is Creative: How a Shared Focus on Place Builds Vibrant Destinations

All Placemaking is Creative: How a Shared Focus on Place Builds Vibrant Destinations | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Placemaking is a process, accessible to anyone, that allows peoples’ creativity to emerge. When open and inclusive, this process can be extraordinarily effective in making people feel attached to the places where they live. That makes people more likely to get involved and build shared wealth in their communities.


“Placemaking, applied correctly, can show us new ways to help cultures emerge where openness is not so scary,” notes Dr. Katherine Loflin, the lead project consultant for the Knight Foundation’s groundbreaking study, which showed a significant correlation between community attachment and economic growth. “We could find with consistency over time that it was the softer side of place—social offerings, openness, and aesthetics—that really seem to drive peoples’ attachment to their place. It wasn’t necessarily basic services: how well potholes got paved over. It wasn’t even necessarily for peoples’ personal economic circumstances.”

The study’s other key finding was that there is an empirical relationship between higher levels of attachment and cities’ GDP growth.

Placemaking, in other words, is a vital part of economic development. And yet, there has long been criticism that calls into question whether or not this process is actually helping communities to develop their local economies, or merely accelerating the process of gentrification in formerly-maligned urban core neighborhoods. We believe that this is largely due to confusion over what Placemaking is, and who “gets” to be involved. If Placemaking is project-led, development-led, design-led or artist-led, then it does likely lead to gentrification and a more limited set of community outcomes.

 

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Katharine Norman's curator insight, March 15, 2013 3:16 AM

Positive aspects from being connected to your community.

 

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Libraries are an important fixture to create PLACE in their community. But are we doing it?

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How to get and spend Bitcoin, the booming digital currency

How to get and spend Bitcoin, the booming digital currency | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Heard about Bitcoin, but still not sure what it is, how to buy it, or why you should care? Here are the basics.
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Opportunity is Local (or: You Can’t Buy a New Economy)

Opportunity is Local (or: You Can’t Buy a New Economy) | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Truly great places are not built from scratch to attract people from elsewhere; the best places have evolved into dynamic, multi-use destinations over time: years, decades, centuries. These places are reflective of the communities that surround them, not the other way around. Placemaking is, ultimately, more about the identification and development of local talent, not the attraction of talent from afar.

 

Places aren’t about the 21st century economy. They are about the people who inhabit and develop them. They are the physical manifestations of the social networks upon which our global economy is built. Likewise, Place-making is not about making existing places palatable to a certain class of people. It is a process by which each community can develop place capital by bringing people together to figure out what competitive edge their community might have and improve local economic prospects in-place.


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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, February 6, 2013 4:20 AM

Trend: Opportunity is Local

 

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Communities Aren't Just Places, They're Social Networks

Communities Aren't Just Places, They're Social Networks | Urban Life | Scoop.it

 

A conversation with urban sociologist Zachary Neal on his new book, The Connected City.

 

Cities are obviously more than just the sum of their physical assets — roads and bridges, offices, factories, shopping centers, and homes — working more like living organisms than jumbles of concrete. Their inner workings even transcend their ability to cluster and concentrate people and economic activity.

 

As sociologist Zachary Neal of Michigan State University argues in his new book, The Connected City, cities are made up of human social networks.

Neal took time to discuss his book and research with Atlantic Cities, explaining how cities work as living organisms and why what happens in Las Vegas cannot stay in Las Vegas.


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Sustainable Communities The Federal Government Way | Earthtechling

Sustainable Communities The Federal Government Way | Earthtechling | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Natural Resources Defense Council takes a look at how a federal government partnership is helping local communities to build a more sustainable future.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cities | Sustainable Cities Collective

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cities | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Image Be Proactive. There’s much any city can do today.
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[Intelligence collective] Impliquer les habitants au sein de la collectivité locale

[Intelligence collective] Impliquer les habitants au sein de la collectivité locale | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Dans le cadre de la démocratie participative, un designer de services pourra accompagner une collectivité en amont de ses projets pour concevoir avec elle la politique participative la mieux adaptée au contexte local de la collectivité.

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MIT Center for Civic Media | Innovating civic media tools and practices together with communities

MIT Center for Civic Media | Innovating civic media tools and practices together with communities | Urban Life | Scoop.it
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Saga City - Our communities facing climate change

! Learn more at www.sagacitymovie.org ! Urban planning has great effects on collective choices that contribute to climate change.
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IKEA construye todo un barrio al este de Londres

IKEA construye todo un barrio al este de Londres | Urban Life | Scoop.it
El gigante sueco, IKEA, multinacional dedicada a la venta de muebles y decoración, no descansa.

 

No sólo está presente en más de 34 países, sino que ya está lanzándose en la construcción de ciudades.

 

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Shaping the Future: 7 Predictions for the Creative Community

Shaping the Future: 7 Predictions for the Creative Community | Urban Life | Scoop.it
What are the key shifts in technology, trends, and workstyles that will shape our future? We reflect on the road ahead for creative professionals in 2011.
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For Some of the World’s Poor, Hope Comes Via Design

For Some of the World’s Poor, Hope Comes Via Design | Urban Life | Scoop.it
“Design With the Other 90 Percent: Cities,” a show organized by the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, shows how the problems of millions of the world’s poorest people are being addressed.
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Knight doubles down on tech’s potential to connect communities for action

Knight doubles down on tech’s potential to connect communities for action | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Photo credit: Code for America on Flickr For several years, an important slice of Knight Foundation’s grantmaking has been devoted ...
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Innovating Community Involvement in Urban Design

Innovating Community Involvement in Urban Design | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Once seen as a peripheral, even perfunctory, part of urban planning, community involvement has become a critical driver in the shaping of our cities.
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Cómo las comunidades imaginadas nacieron y crecieron hasta ahogar nuestra comprensión del mundo e imposibilitarnos construir alternativas para los nuestros

Cómo las comunidades imaginadas nacieron y crecieron hasta ahogar nuestra comprensión del mundo e imposibilitarnos construir alternativas para los nuestros | Urban Life | Scoop.it

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Why a Good Bar Is Essential to Sustainable Communities

Why a Good Bar Is Essential to Sustainable Communities | Urban Life | Scoop.it
A "third space" that encourages socialization, its easy access reduces emissions as well as drunk driving.

My friend Eliot Allen first introduced me to the concept of neighborhood completeness: that the quality of a place is defined in part by how many different functions it has in close proximity to homes and to each other. Eliot was closely involved in the creation of the LEED for Neighborhood Development green rating system, and the concept made it into the system. LEED-ND gives credit toward certification for a development that contains, or locates near, certain categories of diverse uses: supermarket, pharmacy, restaurant, child care facility, library, and so on.

I was part of the LEED-ND team as well, and I note that we did not list “bar” or “pub” as a credit-worthy neighborhood asset. But Michael Hickey, a community development consultant, makes a good case for their inclusion as “third spaces,” or community hangouts.


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Eleven Principles for Creating Great Community Places « Project for Public Spaces - Placemaking for Communities

Eleven Principles for Creating Great Community Places « Project for Public Spaces - Placemaking for Communities | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Effective public spaces are extremely difficult to accomplish, because their complexity is rarely understood. As William (Holly) Whyte said, “It’s hard to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.”

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New Report: Livability and Placemaking for All Communities ...

New Report: Livability and Placemaking for All Communities ... | Urban Life | Scoop.it
I had the unique opportunity to participate in a “Smart Growth” bus tour of communities in North Carolina, organized last year by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute and the Local Government Commission. We visited a variety of neighborhoods, from low-density to high, pre-car to newly developed, to learn how livable and sustainable principles can help a wide range of communities to adapt to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Important lessons can be learned from each of the communities we visited. None were perfect, but as Joel Garreau pointed out in Edge City: Life on the New Frontier, now-revered places like Venice and London were pieced together over centuries; flaws were frequently pointed out by critics, and fixed over time. Flaws in these places will be addressed over time as well. What is critical about each location is that they are testing out new ideas of what a sustainable future could look like. The neighborhoods that had the best sense of place were those that were created over a hundred years, and they serve as great models for how to take Traditional Neighborhood Development, Form Based Codes and other contemporary planning strategies to the next level...


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Otis White - How leaders can make their communities better through knowledge, skills and strategy.

Otis White - How leaders can make their communities better through knowledge, skills and strategy. | Urban Life | Scoop.it
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Facebook for cities: A social network for building better neighborhoods

Facebook for cities: A social network for building better neighborhoods | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Neighborland, an online platform born from an experiment in street art, helps residents cook up smart ideas for improving their communities, then gives those ideas wings.

FB for cities?

What would you do if you had a million bucks to make your neighborhood better? Turn the vacant building up the street into a healthy corner store with cross-cultural appeal? Fund 24-hour bus service? Paint giant flowers on the asphalt in every intersection?

What if there was a tool that made it easy for you share your idea with neighbors, community groups, city planners — people who could pitch in to make it a reality?

That’s the idea behind Neighborland, a sort of collective online urban planning platform that grew from a project started by artist Candy Chang in 2010. Chang slapped nametag-style stickers reading “I WISH THIS WAS ___” on abandoned buildings around New Orleans. People answered by filling in the blanks with all sorts of things they’d like to see in their neighborhoods: a grocery store, a row of trees, a bakery — to which someone else responded, “If you can get the financing, I will do the baking!”


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Creation, Curation and Conversation: The Most Important Parts of Content Strategy

Creation, Curation and Conversation: The Most Important Parts of Content Strategy | Urban Life | Scoop.it

The three most important parts of web content strategy are creation, curation and conversation.

It’s the trinity of modern marketing. This short post includes some practical “I-can-start-doing-this-today” tips. All you need is a website with a blog and a newsletter. Ready? Let’s go!

 

If you begin a journey into content strategy, you’ll likely find that almost everything you do falls within these three categories. Be sure to cover all three and watch for opportunities when they overlap...

[read full article http://j.mp/nGoXuB]


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