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Creative Placemaking - ideas and examples

"Partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities" Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa.

Rutledge Ln, Melbourne, VIC, AUS: Melbourne's iconic graffiti lane was given a dramatic makeover, but it only lasted 45 minutes (photo taken on day two). Artist Adrian Doyle used 150 litres of paint to cover all the existing graffiti in Rutledge Lane, off Hosier Lane. Doyle created the single colour, which he calls "empty-nursery blue", to represent his past. He said he also wanted to make a new canvas for other street artists.Rutledge Ln, Melbourne, VIC, AUS: Melbourne's iconic graffiti lane was given a dramatic makeover, but it only lasted 45 minutes (photo taken on day two). Artist Adrian Doyle used 150 litres of paint to cover all the existing graffiti in Rutledge Lane, off Hosier Lane. Doyle created the single colour, which he calls "empty-nursery blue", to represent his past. He said he also wanted to make a new canvas for other street artists.Written by: Andrew Hammonds


Creative industry - literally

Clever citizens are growing creative places in areas (like light industrial zones) that we've never considered. Is the 'system' coping with this innovation and even enabling it?

The 6 qualities of Creative Placemaking and 7 pitfalls to avoid

Art as the fulcrum of city transformation - more prosperous, liveable and diverse places.

How does your organisation support creative Placemaking? 


We generate discussion in our training courses on Placemaking and urban design. While there are common qualities to the places we like, our own views matter. I started this blog to continue this discussion on-line. The Comments section at the bottom of each article provides the opportunity, so don't be bashful. Particularly if you disagree!

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Written: 10 February, 2016

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