Tag Archives: Place-making

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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First Observation of Terrazza del Cortone

Evan and I observed Terrazza del Cortone from 1:45 to 2:45 on Thursday October 5th. At first there was only one person there. He was sunbathing and smoking in one of the adirondack chairs. I looked over the rest of … Continue reading

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More than “a look at” Piazza IV Novembre

We did something really original last time we join Placemaking class, something I consider even “out of the box”. Working in pairs, we had to observe Piazza IV Novembre from different points of view and notice certain things in particular, … Continue reading

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Place-People Watching

Piazza Novembre is a main passage way to all parts of Perugia’s city center; so it is a perfect place to do observations. This area always has something going on at any time of day. The constant change of action … Continue reading

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Reflection on last weeks class

Last week in class we discussed placemaking in further detail and about Jane Jacobs. The more I learn about placemaking, the more I can see all the benefits it has for communities. Certain characteristics make a place successful, such as … Continue reading

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Placemaking: where puppets meet Canederli.

Our last meeting, on February 28th, was really interesting! We went on the terrace and started from the analysis of some practical aspects that were pointed out during the community meeting the week before. We divided in two groups, one … Continue reading

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Children in the Streets

Our class discussion preceding the elementary school posed a number of thoughts, ideas, and potential ways in which places for children (in cities) can be improved. We learned from Jacobs that children prefer the streets, though it’s not necessarily the … Continue reading

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Not a sidewalk, not a park but a Terrace!

Since the first discussion we made in class, one element has been depicted as one of the most important issues you have to take in consideration as a placemaker: the safety of the place. Of course, even common sense suggests … Continue reading

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San Pietro Community Garden Reflection

Anirban Adhya’s chapter in Jane Jacobs and the Theory of Placemaking in Debates of Sustainable Urbanism highlights the importance of community participation and local knowledge in tandem with professional knowledge in the process of urban planning. Professional knowledge alone is isolating … Continue reading

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About Borgo Bello

  Sadly, last tuesday I had the flu and I coudn’t join our first visit to Borgo bello with the class. Anyway, in the past three years, i had more than a change to enjoy this beautiful place. Once you go … Continue reading

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