Assessing the Quality and Social Impact of Creative Placemaking Practices

Chrysi Rapanta, Leandro Madrazo, Maria Irene Aparício, Nuno Fonseca, Rosalice Pinto, Špela Verovšek

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Placemaking and creative placemaking aim at transforming public spaces by fostering new bonds between people and places. The multiple actors involved in a creative placemaking practice – artists, residents, social scientists, politicians, investors, etc.– need to agree on the objectives as well as in the way to achieve them and evaluate them. However, the design, implementation and evaluation of creative placemaking are three inseparable actions of a single process: the construction of a sense of place. Thus, agreeing upon the objectives of a placemaking action, and the ways to assess to which extent the pursued goals have been achieved poses a range of difficulties: which goals are most relevant and why, which placemaking practices are most appropriate to achieve which goals, and which are the evaluation criteria and tools to assess the performed activities, these are issues that cannot be easily disentangle from each other. In the A-Place project, we have developed an assessment framework to identify the generic traits involved throughout the overall process of a creative placemaking practice, as well as the criteria to assess its specific qualit y and social impact.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-440
Number of pages14
JournalAnnales Series Historia et Sociologia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Creative placemaking
  • Community-based art practice
  • Place attachment
  • Placemaking assessment


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