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Creative Placemaking Case Studies | The Kresge Foundation

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***Transforming Communities Series: Creative Placemaking***

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                If you are interested in creative placemaking, these case studies from the Kresge Foundation may offer you some useful ideas.  These examples from Washington, DC and Cleveland, Ohio offer summaries, the full case study, and videos. Placemaking is gaining support in communities across the world as a way of improving life for everyone with minimal investment.

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Source: Creative Placemaking Case Studies | The Kresge Foundation

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Creative Placemaking Everywhere!

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Advancing a new wave of urban competitiveness: The role of mayors in the rise of innovation districts | Brookings Institution

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***Transforming Communities Series: Mayors & Placemaking***

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           I am a great fan of placemaking in all its manifestations, including the urban innovation district.  The most exciting developments are happening in cities through the leadership of progressive mayors. Today’s post shares the new handbook on urban innovation districts developed through a partnership of the US Conference of Mayors, the Project for Public Spaces, and Brookings.

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Source: Advancing a new wave of urban competitiveness: The role of mayors in the rise of innovation districts | Brookings Institution

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Placemaking Everywhere!

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Healing Communities Through Play™ Project | Play 4 ALL

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***Play Is Essential Series: Healing Communities Through Play***

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          Play4All is an extraordinary project working with communities across the country to develop and build inclusive playgrounds. It is also one of my “Beacons of Hope” organizations. Today’s post brings you the Impact section of their website, which tells the story of communities that have implemented their “Healing Communities Through Play” project. I suggest you read these inspiring stories and explore the full website. It may give you some ideas for your own community.

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Source: Levings Park in Rockford, IL Does a Healing Communities Through Play™ Project | Play 4 ALL

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Play4All in Healing Communities!

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This area in Detroit is now America’s first 100% organic, self-sustainable neighborhood : The Hearty Soul

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***Community Development Series: Detroit Rising***

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          Placemaking–whether it is called that or not–is happening all over Detroit. People are coming together to make a difference in rebuilding their neighborhoods.  This first “urban agrihood” is the brain-child of the Michigan Urban Farming Institute and is providing fresh produce for the 2000 families living in a two-mile area around the farm. It is a major development both for Detroit and for the emerging urban farming movement.

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Source: This area in Detroit is now America’s first 100% organic, self-sustainable neighborhood : The Hearty Soul

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Creative Neighborhoods in Detroit!

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Philadelphia Museum of Art – Exhibitions – Philadelphia Assembled

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***Transforming Communities Series: Placemaking with a Major Museum***

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          Now and through July the Philadelphia Museum of Art is sponsoring a massive and collaborative placemaking activity that brings the arts and civic activism together to tell Philadelphia’s story of making the city a better and more inclusive place for all to thrive. This is a huge undertaking, well worth spending time to explore and get ideas for your own community. This is what happens when you give light to the presence of all these small beacons of hope in the community. One of my Beacons of Hope organizations, the Village of Arts and Humanities, is a partner and two of the featured images here are the work of Lily Yeh, one of its founders.

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Source: Philadelphia Museum of Art – Exhibitions – Philadelphia Assembled

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Philadelphia Assembled!

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Pittaki Street – Athens, Greece – Atlas Obscura

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***Transforming Communities Series: Placemaking in Athens, Greece***

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          I am a devoted fan of placemaking in communities and the placemaking movement around the world. The Project for Public Spaces is an organization that fosters this approach in making small, incremental, and doable transformations to make small areas of a community more people-friendly. Most communities get into placemaking through the ideas and actions of local people who see a need and fill it. Pittaki Street in Athens is a shining example of locals working together to make a dingy and dangerous street a hive of activity and enjoyment. Since this post is all about light, the featured images here are from Little Sun, the art form and solar energy model created by Olafur Eliasson.

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Source: Pittaki Street – Athens, Greece – Atlas Obscura

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Placemaking in All Communities!

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Dandora Transformation League | tunabaDilisha

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          True change must emerge from leadership at the local level. The Dandora Transformation League in the Dandora suburb of Nairobi, Kenya is empowering the local community to renew and transform their small world through creatively working together. It is a living example of how the power of “placemaking” works at its best. Today’s post brings you directly to their website and I encourage you to explore it in depth. I am considering this effort for inclusion in my “Beacons of Hope” resource guide.

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Source: Dandora Transformation | tunabaDilisha

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Local change Through Placemaking!

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Shore to Core | Happy City

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***Transforming Communities Series: Placemaking in Florida***

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          Placemaking is spreading across the world as a way of making our communities more friendly and inclusive for all of us. Today’s post offers a joyful example of what the West Palm Beach community is doing to make a difference, with the help of Happy City. Happy City is an organization based on the book by Charles Armstrong Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design. It is working to reimagine social well-being in waterfront communities.

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Source: Shore to Core | Happy Citying

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Placemaking and Happy City!

 

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Las Vegas Street Art Moved Me To Tears – Be Yourself

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***Art in Public Spaces Series: Las Vegas***

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          I have always been fascinated by art on walls in public spaces–back in the mid-1990s I often photographed graffiti in Switzerland on my way back from a consulting trip to Albania. Paint on the various surfaces of public areas has moved far beyond the graffiti of those years. Today’s post is a wonderful survey of art on the walls of buildings in Las Vegas, a treat for both the eyes and the mind. Perhaps your city needs its own Life Is Beautiful Art Festival. Enjoy!

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Source: Las Vegas Street Art Moved Me To Tears – Be Yourself

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Wall Art in Public Places!

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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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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Innovation in Quebec!

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