Placemaking: The Art and Practice of Building Communities / Edition 1by Lynda H. Schneekloth, Robert G. Shibley, Shibley
Pub. Date: 04/17/1995
"To decide to be someplace as members of a community demands that we become active placemakers again, that we participate with others in our communities in thoughtful, careful responsible action." The death of Main Street, the blight of the inner city, the sterility of so much contemporary developmentthese are effects of a major disconnection between the… See more details below
"To decide to be someplace as members of a community demands that we become active placemakers again, that we participate with others in our communities in thoughtful, careful responsible action." The death of Main Street, the blight of the inner city, the sterility of so much contemporary developmentthese are effects of a major disconnection between the human community and the built environment. At no time in the history of our society has there been a more urgent need to take a hard look at how we create physical environments. In response to this unmet need and moral confusion, Placemaking: The Art and Practice of Building Communities calls for a more dynamic, more inclusive design process and demonstrates new placemaking practices that have emerged from different communities and environments. "Placemaking is the way in which all human beings transform the places they find themselves into the places where they live." Drawing on four actual "stories" from their own professional practice, the authors show how empowered communities, working in a true democratic collaboration with planning and architecture professionals, can create places which not only support work and play, but also help foster relationships between people. These stories represent a broad range of communities and physical environments: The First Baptist Church of Roanoke, Virginiain rebuilding its church, a community struggles to define itself and the role of the church building within the community The International Banking Institutea story of change in the workplace, group dynamics, and the ability of an organization to learn about itself The Roanoke Neighborhood Partnershipthe creation of a new, more collaborative relationship between neighborhood people, city government, the private sector, and design professionals The Rudy Bruner Award Programan examination of what makes an "excellent" place and how the creative ability of communities can transform problems into successful projects "Placemaking consists of those daily acts of renovating, maintaining, and representing the places that sustain us " In telling these stories, the authors demonstrate how certain practicesmaking a "dialogic space," "the dialectic of confirmation and interrogation," and "framing action"can be used to create, transform, maintain, and renovate the places in which people live. Placemaking: The Art and Practice of Building Communities is a truly visionary work that has its foundation in the daily lives of specific people and places. Its publication is bound to spark a long overdue controversy among architects, planners, designers, and all people concerned with the well-being of communities.
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Table of Contents
The Power of Stories: The First Baptist Church.
Organizational Development Through Design: The International Banking Institute.
The Practice of Democracy: The Roanoke Neighborhood Partnership.
Redefining Excellence in the Urban Development: The Rudy Bruner Award Program.
Epilogue: A Critical Practice.
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