It is often argued that placemaking happens either from within a community, a bottom-up approach; or, imposed at a state or city level. Yet, placemaking is messy and problematic. This seminar will explore what happens in ‘the middle’, responding to the question ‘where does placemaking happen?’ This event will focus on the politics of placemaking to consider who is included and who is excluded from its practice and if the concept of placemaking needs to be reconstructed.
Those taking part in this seminar all are contributors to The Routledge Handbook of Placemaking (Routeldge, 2021):
Louise Platt, Senior Lecturer in Festival Management at MMU
Morag Rose, artist, activist, academic, and anarcho-flaneuse
Gail Skelly, PhD Candidate at MMU and festival researcher,
Tom Borrup, founder, Creative Community Builders, and international consultant, speaker and lecturer addressing cultural planning, creative placemaking and cultural district planning.