Placemaking and Civic Centres

Kent, Fred and Nikitin, Cynthia Placemaking and Civic Centres., 2008 . In British Columbia Library Association Conference 2008 : "Off the Shelf and Out of the Box : Creativity in Libraries", Richmond, BC (Canada), 19 April 2008. (Unpublished) [Presentation]


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This pre-conference is intended to introduce participants to a unique, place-based approach to the planning and design of cities and towns and their public spaces, including libraries. Participants will be encouraged to think about their institutions and facilities in a new light and will be introduced to practical tools and techniques that they can use in applying these ideas. As the source of our province’s greatest potential for becoming a liveable, walkable community place, the civic centres of British Columbia’s cities, towns and villages, and the adjacent streets, parks, and neighbourhoods, will comprise the focus of the workshop. We will spend the day exploring the principles of making places through walking tours, presentations, case studies, a Place Performance Evaluation exercise, group discussions and the close examination of the public spaces proximate to some of Richmond’s key civic institutions, including the library and art museum. Through this “Placemaking” process, you will learn how to facilitate collaboration among community members to create a vision around the places that are viewed as important to community life and to their daily experience and to identify quick, short-term, low-cost improvements that can be implemented in partnership with local residents as well as public and private sector partners. Based on Project for Public Spaces’s 32 years of experience in placemaking, and inspired by their popular book, How to Turn a Place Around, the workshop will demonstrate to participants a unique approach to contextual town centre revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and community development.

Item type: Presentation
Keywords: library as place ; library space ; placemaking
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AC. Relationship of LIS with other fields .
Depositing user: Trish Rosseel
Date deposited: 29 Apr 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:11


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