From Parking Lots to Places

What You'll Learn

  • Find out how placemaking can transform suburban parking lots and strip malls into exciting, people-oriented places.
  • Discover how placemaking can engage communities and how it can reinforce community identity.
  • Explore the public art and architectural components that are crucial for creative placemaking.

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Placemaking inspires people to collectively invent public spaces as the heart of their community and feel intimately connected to these places. More than livable, the results of placemaking are loved.

This course focuses on the power and possibilities of this collaborative process in transforming suburban parking lots and strip malls into exciting, people-oriented places.

Planners, a developer, and a placemaking consultant relate their experiences in creating memorable places in communities outside Washington, D.C., and internationally. They show how placemaking can be used to reinforce community identity, inspire innovation in design and planning, and improve the quality of development.