First Look at Placemaking in Borgo Bello by Lana Valente

Placemaking is defined as “a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces.” Actually interacting with the community and taking part in city-wide placemaking, however, is in fact much more engaging and enjoyable than I initially realized.

Public spaces are an incredibly important and integral part of communities; to strengthen connections between people, such places must be established. As we’ve learned, these spaces give the people a place to interact with one another in a safe, communal area. As I explored Borgo Bello today, I really began to understand the multidimensional aspect of little city places. So much development goes into the structures, the paintings, the permission to do everything, and the developed spaces can be used for so many things!

In our readings, we read about the factors that make up a successful public space (i.e. local food, safety, transportation, arts & culture, etc). During our walk this afternoon, I found plenty of each in places that have already been renovated and loved. These alone gave me a strong impression of the care that has gone into placemaking in Perugia. The terrace, the keys and signs to follow– it was well-planned and obviously took effort. After viewing the mural on the wall by the public garden, and meeting Nati especially, I realized the amount of work that goes into the development of such a space. I was impressed and inspired to offer up similar efforts to continue to make Borgo Bello–and the rest of Perugia– beautiful.

I enjoyed exploring these places today (the most notable of which are pictured below!), and I look forward to placemaking in the neighborhood!

(Pictured: A hallway of lit-up glass photos, the terrace and a cute little dog, and a pathway shown by the urban explorer’s yellow triangles! Finds from 12/9/17.)

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