How Spaces Become Places
Place Makers Tell Their Stories
Published by: New Village Press
320 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm
- ISBN: 9781613321423
- Published: October 2021
Useful and inspiring cases illustrate participatory placemaking practices and strategies.
How Spaces Become Places tells stories of place makers who respond to daunting challenges of affordable housing, racial violence, and immigration, as well as community building, arts development, safe streets, and coalition-building. The book's thirteen contributors share their personal experiences tackling complex and contentious situations in cities ranging from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and from Paris to Detroit. These activists and architects, artists and planners, mediators and gardeners transform ordinary spaces into extraordinary places.
These place makers recount working alongside initially suspicious residents to reclaim and enrich the communities in which they live. Readers will learn how place makers listen and learn, diagnose local problems, convene stakeholders, build trust, and invent solutions together. They will find instructive examples of work they can do within their own communities. In the aftermath of the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, the editor argues, these accessible practice stories are more important than ever.
For planners and urban designers, residents, and community organizers, this is simply the best text available for understanding how to create more just, beautiful, convivial, and safe places. And Forester’s eloquent afterword on the relevance of these stories in the time of pandemic and white supremacy is essential reading. This book is a gift of hope and possibility, revealing how the participatory art and craft of placemaking can be a small laboratory for democracy. ~Leonie Sandercock, Professor in Community Planning, School of Community & Regional Planning, University of British Columbia
John Forester’s new book is a riveting account of the art of place-making. Awesome teaching material, offering deep insights to students, scholars, and practitioners in the field of urban planning. ~Benjamin Davy, former President of the Association of European Schools of Planning
The best of John Forester’s outstanding body of work. The stories are honest expressions of how expert knowledge and local knowledge commingle, mutually reinforce, and interrogate meanings and the physical world. Each accounting demonstrates how placemaking practices create meaningful relationships between and among people in places they have come to love. ~Lynda H. Schneekloth and Robert Shibley, University at Buffalo, co-authors of Placemaking: The Art and Practice of Building Communities
This well-compiled volume reflects the enormous challenges that planners, seeking to be place makers, have to face and address in times of globalization, digitalization, climate change, and populism. ~Klaus R. Kunzmann, Professor Emeritus, TU Dortmund, Germany, and founding president of the Association of European Schools of Planning
How Spaces Become Places captures the extraordinary power of seemingly ordinary actions through which artists, designers, planners, and community organizers overcome challenges, uncover possibilities, and in the process transform places and politics. John Forester has demonstrated once again the importance of doing, listening, and storytelling. ~Jeffrey Hou, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington, and editor of Insurgent Public Space and Transcultural Cities
A wealth of inspiring experience from practitioners of participatory democracy. Bright lights in a dark time, these stories illuminate paths to creating places that are memorable, beloved, and just. ~Anne Whiston Spirn, author of The Granite Garden and The Language of Landscape