From City Accessibility Projects to Therapeutic Public Art

By: Rebecca Byers - Apr 8, 2015
Urban placemaking, like that of city accessibility projects, is a term that describes an approach to the planning of public spaces that seeks to take advantage of community assets while serving as a source of inspiration for peoples' well-being. It is seemingly logical that when governments take aim at social and economic struggles faced by a community, they would do so by invest in inspiring, safe public spaces in which people can thrive and connect.

Community centers, libraries, public play structures and public art installations all serve a much larger purpose than to inspire reflections of beauty; all provide a conversation-spurring gathering of individuals that is important to the development of a community identity.

In designing public spaces for individuals to find inspiration and to be engaged in challenging their potential, municipalities are simultaneously investing in the future of their cities.