Municipal-Supported, Citizen-led Placemaking Processes: A Study of Successes, Challenges and Lessons Learned in Five Case Studies
Abstract: Local governments around the world, are working to increase the quality of public spaces as they hope to attract investment, and improve the overall livability of their neighborhoods. While waiting for neighborhood improvements, residents in some areas have taken matters into their own hands, creating changes to the urban environment, often times without official government approval. This ... read morehas come to be known as tactical urbanism, or guerilla placemaking. But there are many ways that municipalities and residents can work together to provide quick transformations of public space. The five case studies in this thesis examine programs and strategies that municipalities are spearheading as they partner with residents in the transformation of public place. It explores the reasons that each municipality started their placemaking initiative, how they structured and financed the program, as well as challenges and lessons learned. While the case studies are focused on the municipal perspective, they address the themes of equity, empowerment and authentic engagement in placemaking processes. The purpose of this research is to ultimately provide municipalities with some best practices in partnering with residents in placemaking processes, and for this to be a useful tool in designing spaces that are inclusive to everyone
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Julian Agyeman.
Committee: Justin Hollander.
Keyword: Urban planning.read less