Thirty years ago Place-making was understood to be the domain of architects and planners and the term had a purposeful meaning. Today it’s been hijacked by people who think you can define a city by painting your face and juggling on the back of a flat-bed truck.
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It’s not simply a question of going to the bank of mum or dad when for many either mum or dad is not part of their lives or indeed the bank is empty.
My view is we need to develop and pursue an intentional economic development strategy at a national level. An industrial strategy or ‘good jobs’ plan, if you like.
I have a colleague who says his job is to work with local authorities to enable extraordinary things to happen everyday. He provides support to education authorities on the way in which their estates can help deliver the learning curriculum.
Amid the doom and gloom there are positive signs for regeneration in Wales, argues Dave Adamson
In the era of localism we could perhaps develop a partnership, that could be local and strategic too – ever come across anything like that?
Already 2011 is turning into a strange and uncomfortable year. The discomfort has been widely predicted, and many are already experiencing it as regeneration programmes have ended, community infrastructure is under threat and jobs are being lost.
CLES’ new publication, launched today and supported by Groundwork UK, highlights the importance of public space and the crucial role it plays in stimulating social action and realising the coalition government’s vision for the Big Society.
We think Placemaking is the best process to create the shared responsibility and citizen empowerment necessary to achieve the localism that the Big Society is striving for.
What can we learn from the winners of the annual Urbanism Awards?