Tag Archives: placemaking

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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Courtesy of Lily Yeh and Barefoot Artists

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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Courtesy of Little Sun

          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

Courtesy of Little Sun

Courtesy of Little Sun

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Placemaking in All Communities!

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Dandora Transformation League | tunabaDilisha

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***Transforming Communities: A Beacon of Hope in Nairobi***

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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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Courtesy of Dandora Transformation League

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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Courtesy of Projects for Public Spaces

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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#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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Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

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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The Creative Apothecary Supports Placemaking in Your Community!

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