Think of our new communities and ask yourself:
- Are we building walkable streets?
- Are we building great public spaces?
- Are we building communities for cars or people?
- Can someone live in a neighbourhood in different stages of their
- Are we building civic pride?
- Are we building a beautiful city for the future?
- Will we attract a talented labour force in the future with our communities?
- Are our we building healthy communities?
- Are we building sustainable communities that reduce Green House
Gas and energy consumption?
- Do our communities facilitate social interaction?
- Are our communities distinctive, interesting, diverse, and complete?
|Our goal is to design communities
so that they can:
- Promote strong sense of community - set the stage for social interaction
- Provide alternatives to the car
- Generate a high quality of life
- Promote sustainability
- Attract a strong labour force
- Promote walking, cycling, transit
- Encourage social interaction - sense of community
- Reduce Green House Gas emissions
- Reduce energy consumption
- Support aging of the population
|What is Placemaking?
View Presentation: Placemaking
- What's it all about?
View Staff Report #1
- Placemaking Demonstration Project
Placemaking is an urban design process aimed at creating
communities that offer a distinct character, a strong sense of community
and a context for healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life.
Placemaking rejects the subdivision of land without
a clear community vision.
Placemaking embraces the integration of existing topography
and natural features into a neighbourhood wherever possible - rather
than clearing and grading lands to begin with a "clean slate".
Placemaking places an emphasis on pedestrians, rather
than automobiles, and designs public and private components of communities
to support walking.
Placemaking offers physical environments within communities
that offer opportunities for social interaction.
Placemaking rejects homogeneity and "sameness" and seeks
out variety and diversity.
Placemaking leads to high quality public spaces that
are comfortable, useable and functional.
Placemaking provides a design context for developing
private lands that support the community vision and "give back" to the
Design Guidelines - November 2007
Presentation on Placemaking Design Guidelines
not only represents a response to smart growth and the desire to make better
communities but also embodies a range of methodologies for the design process.
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide guidance to
developers, builders, consultants, and internal Engineering and Planning
Staff for the development of outstanding communities that offer a distinct
character, a strong sense of community and a context for healthy lifestyles
and a high quality of life. A policy framework and tools to implement these
guidelines will be brought forward following a consultation process with
all stakeholders. It is noteworthy that it may be desirable, when City-wide
design guidelines are prepared, to incorporate these Placemaking Design
Guidelines into that more comprehensive document. In the interim, it is
critical to establish these Placemaking Design Guidelines to plan for the
type of communities that we would like to define our city of the future.
is the Placemaking Demonstration Project
Placemaking Demonstration Project is all about working together to establish
a strong culture of placemaking when designing our new communities. Utilizing
the Placemaking Design Guidelines, stakeholders gathered together in an
intensive design charette process to redesign a conventional subdivision
plan. The result was a new "Placemaking
Plan" that embodied the principles of Placemaking.
Two documents were prepared in support of the plan:
#1 to Planning Committee - Nov 12, 2007
- Power Point Presentation
#1 to Planning Committee (P&D) - Nov 12, 2007
Point Presentation #1 to Planning Committee (Zelinka/Priamo) - Nov
City of London Placemaking Guidelines - Nov 12, 2007
Demonstration Plan - Nov 26, 2007
- PowerPoint Presentation
#2 to Planning Committee - Nov 26, 2007
- Staff Report #2 - A
Comparison of the Conventional vs. the Placemaking Plan - Nov 26, 2007
- Staff Report
3 - Environmentally Sustainable Design - Dec 18, 2007
- PowerPoint Presentation
#3 to Planning Committee - Dec 18, 2007
- LEEP 1 and 2 Staff
Report - Dec 18, 2007
Placemaking in Action
Photographic Image Bank
|Placemaking and Design
London Free Press Articles
- "A tale of two Suburbs"
- March 18, 2007
- "London Reshapes the
Cookie Cutter" - March 20, 2007
- "Yes, but will it sell?"
- March 21, 2007
- "Yes, but will it
sell? Part II" - March 21, 2007
- "Some things Don't
Work" - March 22, 2007
- "Some things Don't
Work Part II" - March 22, 2007
- "A new way of thinking
about community" - Nov 15, 2007
- "Making "places"
key to our future" - Nov 17, 2007
- "Designer is
essential to the new urbanism" - Nov 20, 2007
- "Light rail system
for London Overdue" - Nov 24, 2007
- "Building a Better
Looking London" - Nov 28, 2007
and Sustainable Communities
It is clear that the proactive work of the Placemaking Demonstration Project
is beginning to bring placemaking to the fore in the planning and development
of our communities. There is still much work to be done, but the groundwork
is now well prepared for moving forward.
The first Placemaking
Report represents Part 1 of a three-part series to report back to Council
on the results of the Placemaking Demonstration Project. In addition to
providing the background and understanding of the project, this report has
provided a description of accomplishments and progress to date. The report
also presents the draft
Design Guidelines for circulation and feedback.
The second Placemaking Report
represents part 2 of the series which showcases the re-design of the Summerside
East community, as established by applying the draft Guidelines, through
the charette process. Recommendations are brought forward in this report
to suggest a work program for establishing a much-needed framework and new
tools for placemaking in London.
Finally, Part 3 will describe the sustainable development (green) components
of the project.