In recent years, the concept of placemaking has enjoyed a great deal of attention across built environment disciplines, city authorities, property owners and between citizens. While there is no single, widely - accepted definition of placemaking, it is generally understood as a process of remaking – or making new – urban spaces to make them more attractive, distinctive, and to generate value.
To be more precise, placemaking aims to make better places. Yet, such a definition is problematic as many questions still remain open: how does placemaking take place and for whom? Who are the actors involved and what are the entailed related activities and goals? Moreover, how can elusive concepts like ‘attractiveness’, ‘worth’, ‘distinctiveness’, or ‘sense of place’, subject to so much interpretation, be translated into some kind of practice in contemporary cities?
The following articles recognise the multi-faceted nature of placemaking and the fact that it can be driven by a variety of competing forces (physical, political, economic, social, environmental), agendas, and actors (public, private or communities) aiming to regenerating a space within an urban landscape.