mariette-feng-shui-tuinMy vision: Gardens, parks and public spaces are made for people, their pets and existing wild life; are made for the community to get together, meet and enjoy each other; are made to suit the human size and respect nature; are made to bring harmony in a space, especially in urban areas. And yes, people like to influence the process and have a voice in what is the best creation to serve their desires and more important their needs.
Lovely article and very down to earth written to give room for individual and community thoughts in creating ‘desired’ urban landscapes.
Warm regards, Mariëtte Verlaan, Feng Shui Garden Professional in The Netherlands


Places in the Making, a new report from MIT’s department of urban studies and planning (DUSP), argues that the process of making a place is as important as the place itself. With this fresh take on “placemaking,” MIT planning and urban design professor Susan Silberberg, who teamed up with a few of her graduate students, along with Aaron Naparstek, the founder of Streetsblog, has written highly readable, well-organized report worth exploring.

Placemaking first appeared in the 1960s as a “reaction to auto-centric planning and bad public spaces.” In their intro, they write: “Place-making as we now know it can trace its roots back to the seminal works of urban thinkers like Jane Jacobs, Kevin Lynch and William Whyte, who, beginning in the 1960s, espoused a new way to understand, design and program public spaces by putting people and communities ahead of efficiency and aesthetics. Their philosophies, considered…

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