Tag Archives: Place-making

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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Place-Making: A Relationship

Place-making is a relationship with the community. The key to having a good relationship is communication. You must be able to observe, listen, and ask questions, as said in the article “What is Place-making?”. You must focus on their needs, and your … Continue reading

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Taking it to the Streets

This week’s readings demonstrated the importance of children in public spaces–namely streets– when attempting to make a space more livable and enjoyable. They highlighted the change that has occurred over the last few decades wherein streets have transformed from exciting networks … 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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Catered to the People by Shameesha P.

Jane Jacobs have written several pieces of work to help guide developers and planners in creating a great space and place for the community. The writer’s for this weeks reading have opened my eyes to change and relationships. It is … Continue reading

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Placemaking: Both a Process and an Outcome

This week’s readings described the rise of sustainable urbanism and the ideology of placemaking as respectable, and quite recent, approaches to city planning. What I found so interesting about all of the commentary regarding the need for development to be … Continue reading

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