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Meeting in the Middle: problematising placemaking from the ground up

On the Thursday 25th February, the institute and Business Transformations Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University are co-hosting a round table event exploring the topic of 'placemaking' following the publication of The Routledge Handbook of Placemaking earlier this year.

It is often argued that placemaking happens either from within a community, a bottom-up approach; or, imposed at a state or city level. Yet, placemaking is messy and problematic. This seminar will explore what happens in ‘the middle’, responding to the question ‘where does placemaking happen?’ This event will focus on the politics of placemaking to consider who is included and who is excluded from its practice and if the concept of placemaking needs to be reconstructed.

Those taking part in this seminar all are contributors to The Routledge Handbook of Placemaking (Routeldge, 2021):

Louise Platt, Senior Lecturer in Festival Management at MMU, interdisciplinary researcher, and Placemaking Handbook Section Editor, Problematising Placemaking.

Morag Rose, artist, activist, academic, and anarcho-flaneuse, and author of Placemaking Handbook chapter, ‘I am not a satnav’: Affective placemaking and conflict in the ‘ginnel that roared.

Gail Skelly, PhD Candidate at MMU and festival researcher, and Tim Edensor, Professor of Human Geography, MMU, and Research Fellow in Geography at Melbourne University, and joint authors of Placemaking Handbook chapter, Routing out place identity through the vernacular production practices of a community light festival.

Tom Borrup, founder, Creative Community Builders, and international consultant, speaker and lecturer addressing cultural planning, creative placemaking and cultural district planning. Tom is also Placemaking Handbook Section Editor, Practices of Placemaking, and chapter author, Artists, creativity, and the heart of city planning.

The Routledge Handbook of Placemaking is the first to explore the emergent field of ‘placemaking’ in terms of the recent research, teaching and learning, and practice agenda for the next few years. Offering valuable theoretical and practical insights from the leading scholars and practitioners in the field, it provides cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on the placemaking sector.

Event Details
Date and time: 25th February, 3.00 - 4.30 pm
The event will be hosted online via Zoom, Click here to register for the event


About the author


Formed in 2006, the Institute of Place Management is the international professional body that supports people committed to developing, managing and making places better.

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