Tag Archives: Participatory design

Elements of a successful “place”

My apologies in advance for what seems like an unorganized post, but coming up on the midterm, I have some thoughts–based off of the readings, discussions and interviews– about what might constitute the elements of a successful place. First and … Continue reading

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Where Idealism Meets Action

This past Sunday my classmates and I participated in one of the the most important aspects of placemaking: work. So often in many of the planning circles I’ve been involved in, it is too often the case that we never … Continue reading

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Participatory Design: What Children Can Teach Us

Last class we discussed Jane Jacobs’ chapter on the influence of sidewalks and children. In short, her argument centered on the need for streets/sidewalks to serve as places to play and in doing so are not only vital to the … Continue reading

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What it Means to Build a Community in Italy

The Umbra Institute follows with interest Spring 2016 Urban Spaces’ students efforts to improve Borgo Bello public spaces and community bonds. Read more about how Urban Spaces students are currently dedicating their time to better understand the community … here … Continue reading

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A living room with a view in Borgo Bello

The project for the Terrace of Via del Cortone is almost ready and will be presented to Borgo Bello community and the city of Perugia on Dicember 9th at Teatro Bicini. In the meantime the students of Urban Spaces Fall … Continue reading

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Welcome back Urban Spaces Class!

After the break, Umbra class ESUS 310 is back at work to realize the future of the terrace of the Via del Cortone! A few pictures of the intense weeks leading up to the break. Students together with OrtoBello activists … Continue reading

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Sustainable Place-making by Suprima Bhele

Place-making is a multifaceted approach that is the process of turning a public space into a public living space. It plays a vital part in building community because place-making helps in creating a sense of belonging into the community. This … Continue reading

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