Placemaking in design resources


Placemaking should create spaces that encourage social interaction and local ownership

Placemaking is a design technique that integrates urban design within the highway environment, and within traffic free routes away from the highway, to create a place with a strong identity or a memorable route, engaging successfully with its surrounding buildings and activities.

This approach requires a thorough understanding of the local context, history, uses, activities and movements: all knowledge which sits with the community, engaging with whom is a fundamental step. Approaching the design of a place in this way helps to enhance a sense of community and belonging, resulting in interventions that are popular and long lasting.

Placemaking (draft), Sustrans Design Manual Chapter 3, 2014 (2.3MB pdf)





Sustrans design guide provides information on:

  • Key principles of placemaking
  • Where to start: texture and colour, planting, seating, art and sculpture, water and water features, lighting, other street furniture, legibility
  • Placemaking in the highway environment
  • Community engagement.

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