You can't work with place when you think in 2D, place is a connected and dynamic system.
Community-led placemaking is what happens when local people work together to shape their place for the benefit of all. But the outcomes depend on how you do it. The advantage of seeing places as systems is that you can be much more strategic about the work you do. Great placemaking projects are like Trojan horses for the changes we really want to see.
Shaping place isn’t just about branding, repositioning, promotion, activation, gap projects, tactical urbanism, murals, campaigns, economic development, grants or good luck.
Whatever the project you are aiming to build these capacities:
They could be:
They aren't "anywhere projects, externally led, siloed or generally lacking in a theory of change:
A place with these five qualities linked into a positive feedback loop: