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Quebec’s Vacant Church Buildings Resurrected as Community Spaces – Shareable

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***Transforming Our Communities Series: New Uses for Old Spaces***

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          A few weeks ago I posted articles about the creative transformation of vacant spaces in communities. This story from Quebec demonstrates how re-purposing old building rather than tearing them down can improve life in the community. You may find ideas for your own community here.

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Source: Quebec’s Vacant Church Buildings Resurrected as Community Spaces – Shareable

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#AE17 | A placemaking manifesto for Northern Ireland | Township

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***Placemaking for Community Development Series: Northern Ireland***

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            The placemaking movement is flourishing across the world. Township is a collaboration of professionals, academics, artists, and others in Norther Ireland who recognize the importance of community involvement in local development. This manifesto is a brilliant analysis and overview of major issues in development there. It is also a great model for other towns to examine.

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Source: #AE17 | A placemaking manifesto for Northern Ireland | Township

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Power of Placemaking!

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Partners for Sacred Places – Home

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***Placemaking in Community Development Series: Partners for Sacred Places***

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          Partners for Sacred Places is a Philadelphia-based organization working with congregations in communities to make the older religious properties an asset for both the religious group and the wider community. Earlier today I posted a study of their work bringing together the performing arts and churches in three cities. Explore their full website here. Partners for Sacred Places is a Beacon of Hope organization and I will feature it in the resource guide being prepared for publication in the Living Through Creativity series.

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Source: Partners for Sacred Places – Home

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Partners for Sacred Spaces!

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What is Placemaking? – Project for Public Spaces

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***Transforming Communities Series: Placemaking***

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          The spread of the placemaking approach over the last five years has meant that local communities become much more involved in developing small and “doable” projects that make their communities better places to live. The Project for Public Spaces has helped many communities to make placemaking a normal part of community development. Today’s post offers an excellent introduction to the placemaking phenomenon, with ideas for you to adpat to your community.

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“With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being.”

Source: What is Placemaking? – Project for Public Spaces

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2016: The Year the Placemaking Movement Went Global – Project for Public Spaces

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***Placemaking’s Role in Community Development Series***

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            If I have learned anything from my research for my book in progress, Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life, it that the most powerful engine for change we have is local creative expression. Across the world in community after community, people are coming together to make their community a better place to live. One of the enabling organizations helping that to happen is the Project for Public Spaces. This post is a great introduction to the “placemaking” phenomenon here and abroad.

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“The Placemaking movement in 2016 continued its path from a once quiet movement to a global platform to reinvent the way we shape our cities and communities.”

Source: 2016: The Year the Placemaking Movement Went Global – Project for Public Spaces

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of the Project for Public Spaces!

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2016: The Year the Placemaking Movement Went Global – Project for Public Spaces

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***All Effective Development Is Local***

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          As I continue my research on creative expression in our lives and communities, it has become absolutely clear that if we are to make our communities better places to live, the leadership and ideas must emerge at the local level. The Placemaking Movement is an important force in supporting development within individual communities. While the movement grows and expands worldwide, its effectiveness will always be in the work of individuals and groups, one community at a time.

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“The Placemaking movement in 2016 continued its path from a once quiet movement to a global platform to reinvent the way we shape our cities and communities.”

Source: 2016: The Year the Placemaking Movement Went Global – Project for Public Spaces

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Local Ideas and Development!

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Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

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Rotterdam Is A “Beacon of Hope” In Our Times:

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          When I write about “creative expression” in my book and resource guides in progress, I include more than the arts. Creative expression also means ideas, activities. and projects that bring innovation and transformation to our lives and communities. I am looking for communities that have earned my designation of “Beacons of Hope.” Rotterdam in the Netherlands is high on my list. This story from Fast Company offers an inspiring introduction to what a community can do when it sets its mind to it.

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Source: Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

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Ten Strategies for Transforming Cities and Public Spaces through Placemaking – Project for Public Spaces

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Making Our Communities Better Places for Everyone:

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          There are many small ways through which we can make our communities safer and more attractive. The Project for Public Spaces is an organization helping cities and towns to help themselves through bringing to life small local projects and ideas. Today’s post offers ten practical strategies for creative change–I hope you find a suggestion here that will help your community.

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“Ten ways to help strengthen your communities and jump-start economic development through Placemaking.”

Source: Ten Strategies for Transforming Cities and Public Spaces through Placemaking – Project for Public Spaces

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in Small Local Transformations for the Future!

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Ten Strategies for Transforming Cities and Public Spaces through Placemaking – Project for Public Spaces

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Making Your Community a Better Place for Everyone:

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     The Project for Public Spaces is a valuable resource for making your community a better place to live. One of the reasons I like them so much is that they put people at the heart of their transforming activities and put locals at the heart of the planning and design process. They come not as “saviors” but as partners and collaborators in helping communities to transform themselves.

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“Ten ways to help strengthen your communities and jump-start economic development through Placemaking.”

Source: Ten Strategies for Transforming Cities and Public Spaces through Placemaking – Project for Public Spaces

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Eleven Principles for Creating Great Community Places – Project for Public Spaces

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Principles of Creative Placemaking for Your Community:

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     I always find it helpful to have a great summary list for new ventures. For people in a community looking to make it a great place to live, I recommend this thoughtful list from the Project of Public Spaces, a practical and inspiring organization helping communities to transform themselves. By the way, these can be used in turning schools and other organizations around as well.

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“Adapted from our best-seller, How to Turn a Place Around, these eleven common-sense principles are the key to any successful Placemaking effort.”

Source: Eleven Principles for Creating Great Community Places – Project for Public Spaces

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Dale Chihuly, Photograph by Barbara Fitos

Dale Chihuly, Photograph by Barbara Fitos

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Community Involvement in Placemaking!