Placemaking is both an overarching idea and a hands-on tool for improving a neighborhood, city or region. It has the potential to be one of the most transformative ideas of this century. Placemaking is a people-centered approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Put simply, it involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in a particular space, to discover needs and aspirations. It’s a place where people want to go voluntarily. You know the line from The Field of Dreams that says, “If you build it, they will come”? It’s the same with public spaces. If you make a space for people to stop their busy life and just spend time enjoying each other and the space, they will take advantage of it.

Placemaking can be used to improve all of the spaces that comprise the gathering places within a community—its streets, sidewalks, parks, buildings, and other public spaces—so they invite greater interaction between people and foster healthier, more social, and economically viable communities. But Placemaking is not just the act of building or fixing up a space; it is a process that fosters the creation of vital public destinations—the kind of places where people feel a strong stake in their communities and commitment to making things better. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration and potential, creating good public spaces that pro mote people’s health, happiness, and economic well-being.

“When you focus on place, you do everything differently”


Nadine based her advice on facts and rounded research and thus her inputs to the studies she reviewed was realistic, pragmatic and simple to implement. Her peer review have clarified points that have been missed and added points that are valuable.
Nadine is an inspirational speaker; she is able to capture the audience with a well rounded understanding of cities and her ability to communicate it clearly adding a new perspective. She will be definitely on our speakers list for next year!
Placemaking  brought  to the project they  worked on comprehensive insights and a deep understanding of the real estate market needs and trends. Their inputs have affected positively the feasibility report because of their accurate land use mix, their sound judgement on best use of the land as subject matter experts.
I enjoyed working with Nadine. She's a professional master planner, dreamer and a great storyteller. After all, creating successful, livable places is beyond master planning and architecture but a strong desire and knowledge to enliven the social fabric and tell stories about the experience!