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62 Urban Placemaking Initiatives

From City Accessibility Projects to Therapeutic Public Art

— April 8, 2015 — Eco
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.
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Traveling Art Structures
Traveling Art Structures
The Observatory by FCB Studios is Inspired by a Renaissance Painting
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61
Timber-Covered Community Centers
Timber-Covered Community Centers
UID Architects Have Designed the COCOCHI Building
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60
Connected Creative Havens
Connected Creative Havens
The RedLine Artistic Center Facilitates Interaction and Imagination
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59
Spiral Path Pavilions
Spiral Path Pavilions
Michael Jantzen Designs a Conceptual Art Structure for a Park
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58
Understated Hilltop Libraries
Understated Hilltop Libraries
This Cultural Center in Ateliers O-S Architectes Resembles a Museum
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57
Suspended Cultural Centers
Suspended Cultural Centers
Estudio Carme Pinos Creates Caixaforum in Spain
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56
Cheesy Cultural Centers
Cheesy Cultural Centers
The Fai-Fah Prachautis Takes on a Deliciously Contemporary Appearance
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55
Grassy Circular Enclosures
Grassy Circular Enclosures
The Fountain House Covers a Montreal Fountain in Grass and Fungi
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54
Calligraphy-Inspired Architecture
Calligraphy-Inspired Architecture
Frei + Saarinen Rebuild a Community Hall in Switzerland
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Minimalist Cedar Community Centers
Minimalist Cedar Community Centers
The Oranda Jima House Offers a Place for People to Unite
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52
Futuristic Spherical Sculptures
Futuristic Spherical Sculptures
The Energetic Pavilion by Architect Michael Jantzen is Stunning
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51
Glass Greenhouse-Style Buildings
Glass Greenhouse-Style Buildings
Google Campus in Mountain View is Inspired by Its Surroundings
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50
Sloping-Roofed Libraries
Sloping-Roofed Libraries
The Pinch: Library and Community Center Helps Children in China
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Curved Cultural Centers
Curved Cultural Centers
Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry Takes Historic Inspiration
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Parking Lot Education Centers
Parking Lot Education Centers
PHX Renews Creates Temporary and Portable Community Spaces
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Revived Community Buildings
Revived Community Buildings
The Kodomo Art Maison Center Was Destroyed by Japan's 2011 Earthquake
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Eco Community Centers
Eco Community Centers
Evergreen Brick Works is a Social Enterprise Fostering Nature in Toronto
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Circular Atheneum Structures
Circular Atheneum Structures
The Setubal Public Library Provides an Urban Sanctuary
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44
Community Tabletop Games
Community Tabletop Games
Public Outdoor Ping Pong Installs Tables Around Australia Ready for Use
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43
Culture-Transforming Pavilions
Culture-Transforming Pavilions
'The Pavilion' in Johannesburg Aims to Enhance the Arts in the Area
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Bamboo Community Complexes
Bamboo Community Complexes
The Pani Community Center Features a Bamboo Bike Workshop
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41
Community-Building Designs
Community-Building Designs
UNESCO has Revealed the Design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center
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Cocoon-Like Playgrounds
Cocoon-Like Playgrounds
The Vail Nest by tres birds workshop is an Artistic Jungle Gym
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Blue Framed Pavilions
Blue Framed Pavilions
The Xarranca Pavilion in Barcelona Promotes Play
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Warped Hybrid Recreational Structures
Warped Hybrid Recreational Structures
Walltopia is Bulgaria's First Sustainable Activity Center
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Cultural Recreational Centers
Cultural Recreational Centers
Hadid's Park & Plaza Design Will Increase Cultural Vibrancy in Seoul
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Urban Food Ports
Urban Food Ports
OMA has Revealed Plans for a Community-Enriching Louisville Food Port
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Hexagonal Recreational Pavilions
Hexagonal Recreational Pavilions
The Jiading Community Pavilion Takes Inspiration From Old China
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Coastal Community Centers
Coastal Community Centers
The El Centro De Surf De Somo Bridges the Ribamonta Beach to the Streets
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Step-Like Cultural Centers
Step-Like Cultural Centers
NL Architects Wins the Competition to Design the ArtA Arnhem Building
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Urban Accessibility Projects
Urban Accessibility Projects
People St in Los Angeles Wants to Turn Abandoned Streets into Plazas
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Trippy Community Centers
Trippy Community Centers
The Jewish Community Center Mainz Features a Mesmerizing Facade
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30
Sustainable Sport Centers
Sustainable Sport Centers
This Blaanc Borderless Architecture Structure is a Great Community Space
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Interactive Hammock Installations
Interactive Hammock Installations
Mi Casa, Your Casa by Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena
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Vegetable-Inspired Buildings
Vegetable-Inspired Buildings
Nanyang Technological University Has a New Building by Heatherwick
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Perforated Cultural Centers
Perforated Cultural Centers
A.Len Rebuilds the House of Soviet Science and Culture
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Tree-Hugging Hubs
Tree-Hugging Hubs
The 'L'arbrisseau' Neighborhood Centre Brings Communities Together
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25
Communal Recreational Structures
Communal Recreational Structures
Van Rooijen Architects' Playground Building is Bright & Colorful
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Camoflauging Community Centres
Camoflauging Community Centres
The SportPlaza Mercator by VenhoevenCS Blends In to Nature
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Outdoor Workout-Encouraging Playgrounds
Outdoor Workout-Encouraging Playgrounds
Flexible by Darren Goins Promotes Art and Activity
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Golden Community Centers
Golden Community Centers
La Candida Brings Community Together, King Midas Style
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Crowdfunded Urban Forests
Crowdfunded Urban Forests
The PopUP Forest Project Wants to Transform Times Square into Greenery
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Community Enrichment Projects
Community Enrichment Projects
This Danish Recycling Center by BIG is a Local Asset
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Therapeutic Public Sculptures
Therapeutic Public Sculptures
This Public Art Installation Adds Character to a Medical Complex
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Communal Wooden Podiums
Communal Wooden Podiums
This Viewing Platform Also Acts as a Playground
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Caged Cultural Centers
Caged Cultural Centers
The Daegu Library is an Encased Sanctuary for Community and Learning
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Geometrical Public Playgrounds
Geometrical Public Playgrounds
This Metal-Clad Playground Structure Boasts a Built-In Trampoline
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Recycled Machinery Playgrounds
Recycled Machinery Playgrounds
The 'Kinderparadijs Meidoorn' Fun Zone Winds Kids Up
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Roof-Walkway Cultural Centers
Roof-Walkway Cultural Centers
The Helsinki Centra Library by OODA is a Space for More Than Reading
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Inflatable Cultural Centers
Inflatable Cultural Centers
The Mobile Cultural Mobilizarte is Beautifully Portable
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Revitalizing Urban Park Projects
Revitalizing Urban Park Projects
Miami's Metrorail Could Include a Park and Urban Trail
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Illuminating Sculptural Playgrounds
Illuminating Sculptural Playgrounds
Forest Loops by Suppose Design is a Climbable Art Installation
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Colorful Prismatic Buildings
Colorful Prismatic Buildings
The Mulhouse Cultural Center by Paul Le Quernac is Futuristic
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Textile-Inspired Libraries
Textile-Inspired Libraries
King Fahd Library is a Lattice Cube Inspired by Classical Architecture
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Treehouse Community Hubs
Treehouse Community Hubs
The Pharrell Williams Resource Center Aims to Inspire Children
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Alpine Factory Architecture
Alpine Factory Architecture
Ski Slopes Come to Copenhagen on the Amagerforbraending by BIG
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Public Art Structures
Public Art Structures
The Vaulted Willow is a Colorful Permanent Installation in an Edmonton Park
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Interactive Seating Sculptures
Interactive Seating Sculptures
Vancouver's Urban Reef Pedestrian Space Encourages Active Lifestyle
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Urban Development Pop-Ups
Urban Development Pop-Ups
The Okomeya Rice Shop is Aiming to Revitalize This Shopping Street
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Urban Ecodistricts
Urban Ecodistricts
EXP Architects' 'Heudelet 26' Will Add Green to Dijon, France
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Sleek Futuristic Playgrounds
Sleek Futuristic Playgrounds
The Blaxland Riverside Park by JMD Design is a Child's Haven
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Hammock Public Seating
Hammock Public Seating
The Off-Ground Installation is Part Playground, Part Retreat
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