tree yarn bombing creative placemaking diy urbanism
Creative placemaking includes community driven changes like yarn-bombing. Image – Canva.
  • Four types of placemaking include creative, standard, tactical, and strategic
  • Research will assist in creating qualitative assessments of the intangible
  • Research group spans NSW and includes Landcom

“In one room you wouldn’t find 10 people who could tell you the same thing about placemaking”, Dr Michael Cohen told The Property Tribune.

The uncertainty seemed unusual, but with research conducted by a number of researchers across New South Wales, along with a new tool developed by those researchers for NSW Government’s land and property development organisation, Landcom, that seems to be changing.

Defining identity

Creative placemaking is a subset of the broader concept of placemaking. Dr Cathy Smith said the four types commonly used today include: creative, tactical, strategic, and standard.

The team of researchers which included Dr Michael Cohen, Associate Professor Thayaparan Gajendran, Dr Justine Lloyd, Dr Kim Maund, and Dr Cathy Smith, explained tactical placemaking involved community-driven interventions to the local environment, one example included DIY urbanism.

“During Covid you and your neighbours might be sick of people tearing up and down your street and you decide it’s unsafe for your kids to play around there, so you put a bunch of pot plants in the middle of the street for cars to drive around”

Dr Michael Cohen, City People

Strategic placemaking sees larger projects like train stations, and other infrastructure projects within its scope, essentially changing how a town or city functions.

Standard placemaking could be considered the ‘behind the scenes’ activity, including construction and maintenance for physical infrastructure in public and semi-public environments, like shopping centres, and can include smaller activities.

tree yarn bombing creative placemaking
One example of community driven creative placemaking includes “yarn bombing”. Image – Canva.

“It could include booking someone to perform at a shopping centre to something simple like mowing the lawn”.

Dr Cathy Smith, UNSW

Finally, creative placemaking is how a space comes alive, finds its identity, and develops a personality that keeps people coming back or even becoming residents.

Dr Cohen said, “Creative can be community-led, but generally carries an arts or creative agenda. It might include something simple like a book library on the corner of the street to popup art or a mural on a wall with a visiting artist or a festival.”

You May Also Like

Rising costs making it tougher for renovators

It’s still possible to renovate your home despite rising costs and labour shortages hurting budgets

Aussies love renovations, but not as much as Kiwis

New research found that Aussies are the third most interested country in renovations

How Much Does A Concrete Slab Cost per m2 in 2023?

While the cost of concrete ranges from $75 to $100/m2, the size and purpose of your slab will determine price

Top Articles

PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Australia) returns for its 7th edition, including several brand new award ...

This year's awards include several brand new categories, with entries closing 2 August 2024.

Thinking of borrowing for a new home? We decode the home loan lingo and explore ...

We take a look at everything from principal and interest to rates and more.

A window of opportunity could be open for savvy Australian property investors, but time is ...

One expert has noticed investors are on the move while there's less competition and fewer buyers in the marketplace.