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richheap
richheap  
4/25/2013 3:47:53 PM
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Re: Defining Placemaking and The Power of 10
Thank you for this, Ethan. I think I get frustrated with how a lot of developers use 'placemaking' as a catch-all term, seemingly to get an easier ride from local authorities. Also, I can see how London would fit with the ten neighbourhoods model, but it must get more challenging in a smaller city with less space to build those neighbourhoods. Do you find that cities have to be a certain size to make this approach work?

EKent
EKent  
4/25/2013 3:18:09 PM
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Defining Placemaking and The Power of 10
Placemaking is the really just the process through which communities shape themselves, and have been doing so for ages. Our role at PPS is to try to facilitate it being done more effectively, sharing and evolving best practices from around the world. The crisis is that participation in shaping the public realm is at a low point, and that the communities being shaped are drastically limiting what people and communities can become.

Every part of the world is innovating in some way around Placemaking, and holding back progress in another. For instance in the UK, the conversation has been very sophisticated and professionalized but has been perhaps accordingly top-down and design-led.

The Power of 10 has proven a powerful, if simple, tool for framing a Placemaking process and evaluation on all scales.  We find that cities, like NYC for example, have transformed itself around its destinations and that those destinations are really defined by smaller places with a rage of things to do in them. A place that has 10 uses has seemed be the amount needed to keep people coming back and prevent any one use or user group from dominating it. Some background on how we came up with this.

document that we have develop with UN Habitat on cross-cutting ways that cities can transform themselves through Placemaking.

richheap
richheap  
4/24/2013 3:36:29 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: place making
I've never seen 'placemaking' as an idea, more a piece of jargon. The whole purpose of developing buildings is to create places that people want to do things in, whether work, live or have fun. That existed before the term 'placemaking'. The Great Library of Alexandria was a great example of people coming together sharing ideas, but I bet none of the architects there talked about 'creating a sense of place'!

CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/24/2013 3:21:08 PM
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place making
The idea of place making is one of those ideas you love or you hate. Places are already places and to impose from above may make the general public whinge, however, if done well the idea is great because it's about strengthening what's already there. I think power ten is a bit simplistic but I do really like the ideas underpinning it. Make places function, improve them but make sure we don't get generic place made places that have had the same philosophy imposed upon them. It's a tightrope to get it right but I applaud the efforts of power 10.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
4/24/2013 10:25:28 AM
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Re: Power of 10
Thank you for your input, Ethan! Surely, PPS has been incredibly active and influential over its long history.

BrittanyMichelle6
BrittanyMichelle6  
4/24/2013 12:16:15 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Power of 10
Thank you for this interesting read, Mary. I'd never heard of PPS but it sounds like they do really great work. I hope their efforts can bring some positive changes to Detroit. Like Rich, I'd also be curious to know how 10 was determined as the magic number for the best placemaking.

richheap
richheap  
4/23/2013 6:17:56 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Power of 10
Hi Ethan. The Power of 10 concept is interesting but I'm wondering, how did you arrive at ten? Why ten and not, say, nine or 11? It seems a bit arbitrary to me. Or is it more about using that idea to capture people's imagination? It's just not obvious to me why ten is the 'magic number'. Thanks

EKent
EKent  
4/23/2013 5:54:03 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Power of 10
We've worked in about 50 cities a year since 1975, so many cities. I don't think we have worked in Burbank. We are currently working in Pasadena, CA though.

Here is a map of some of the projects that we have written up:http://www.pps.org/pps-project-map/

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
4/23/2013 5:19:22 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Power of 10
I'm going to follow up with PPS about specific projects. In the meantime, here is a list from their site.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
4/23/2013 4:26:46 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Power of 10
I'd like to know the same -- I'm curious about any specific projects I may have heard of. I hadn't heard of this group before, but that doesn't mean I haven't run into one of their public space efforts.

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