Reimagining Contemporary Urban Planning with Placemaking
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In the recent years placemaking has become one of the buzzwords in the related professions of urban planning and design. Often misunderstood as a process for creation of good urban design, it is being misused by developers and planners alike. Placemaking is a deliberate effort to bring communities closer and achieve a common vision for the place one inhabits. It is the process of ﾔmakingﾔ places, with a prime focus on the making, by virtue of which good public spaces get created. With contemporary urban design becoming data driven, and dependent on software and apps, it is facing a fatigue and sense of mistrust amongst the communities. This paper talks about how placemaking as a tool can be used to strengthen the process of urban planning and create effective plans that have been collectively prepared. A symbiotic environment can be created, by which one element fills in the gaps of the other and both support the process of creating better livable communities and cities.