From the Project for Public Spaces:
When the foundational work for what we call Placemaking today was taking place back in the 1960s, pioneers like Holly Whyte and Jane Jacobs were on the outside of the castle walls shouting to be heard. Today, though, Placemaking is being recognized, through the release of a groundbreaking new report, by no less than the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the world’s foremost educational institution for urban planning and design.
The paper, Places in the Making, casts aside the idea of the monolithic expert, and argues clearly and cohesively for the importance of Placemaking as a vital part of community-building, rather than a fuzzy “extra.” It is a project, launched at the inaugural meeting of the Placemaking Leadership Council this past spring and made possible through the generous support of Southwest Airlines, in which we’ve been thrilled to be involved, and are even more excited to share with you today.
Header photo of Prospect New Town downtown by Simmons Buntin.