Category Archives: Placemaking

The Leader in Me

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy. In an organisational setting this old maxim often applies – organisations don’t change, people do. Efforts to undertake transformational change will fall short if the … Continue reading

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Branding Place

The branding of cities, towns and neighbourhoods to encourage tourism, and diversify local economies, has become big business.   In the current economic environment where people often struggle to stay in business, branding a location positively impacts on everyone, from the … Continue reading

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Is Your City Design-Centered or Place-Centered?

When an opportunity to develop a site in your city comes up, what kind of approach do the people leading the process take? Do they treat the site as an independent piece of real estate, to be interpreted by architects … Continue reading

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Historic Building Rehabilitation as Place

The rehabilitation of historic buildings has become a feature of conserving heritage buildings and revitalising communities throughout the world. A community’s unique history is written in its buildings, streets and landscapes; icons of a shared past that can reinforce our sense … Continue reading

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Building “place”

The region that centres around Daylesford, and the Macedon Ranges,  1.5 hours drive north-west of Melbourne, is a fine example of placemaking.  Daylesford (population of around 3,000) has taken full advantage of both their historical and natural features – a … Continue reading

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Resources: Placemaking and Libraries

Libraries are redefining themselves as community centres or commons, at the heart of the community, in the twenty-first century.  Placemaking is the creation of meaningful and connected places and spaces, where people can spend more time in their community – … Continue reading

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Building a Social Enterprise Economy

The New Zealand Community Economic Development Conference, 18-20 April 2011, focused on building a social enterprise economy.  Sessions highlights included: Conal McFeely, the founding member and Development Executive for Creggan Enterprises, Derry, Ireland, spoke of the success of Creggan Enterprises … Continue reading

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