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“The relationships that grow out of the “making” are equal to, if not more important than, the places that result.” / Photo: PPS

“The relationships that grow out of the “making” are equal to, if not more important than, the places that result.” / Photo: PPS

After years fraught with worry about what “place” was and whether it was a merely a design term to construct elitist spaces focused on economic gain, I defined for myself P/place as something that has little to do with design and form, and everything to do with everyday rituals and relationships.

This article from {Project for Public Spaces} speaks to that latter definition.  I especially enjoyed having community-based decisions along with a {lighter, quicker, cheaper} design strategy.

As well as, Place helping…

expand the boundaries of who we are by helping us overcome our chronic fear of the unfamiliar and living more richly by inviting the unknown.

And cultivating appreciation:

We suffer because we lose sight of the value of what is before us and yearn, often unfairly, for the imagined attraction elsewhere.” By prompting us to evaluate and think proactively about how a place is and could be used, Placemaking makes us more aware of both the special attributes and potentials of the places where we live, work, and play.

Check out the rest of the article {here}.

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