Issue 295: Placemaking

  • Placemaking

    Photo of the house where Shakespeare was born
    09 Jun 2016

    What exactly is placemaking and how can it work in the UK? Torn between cynicism and hope, TC Peppercorn takes a closer look.

    If you, like me, usually use your common sense to figure out the meaning of the latest buzzwords, art guff and funding-speak, then you may have come to some vague conclusion that placemaking is the act of simply creating an identity for a town or city.

    This might involve branding or a teased-out USP, which will probably include an element of arts or culture (like a festival) or a notable ex-resident who once wrote a slim volume of verse. You may, like me, have cynically ascribed the... more

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