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Deconstructing Placemaking

Needs, Opportunities, and Assets, 1st Edition

By Mahyar Arefi


152 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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A new taxonomy of placemaking is needed; concerns have been expressed about the professionalization of placemaking through the proliferation of standards, zoning codes, and restrictive covenants. "Place matters" has become a mantra in many disciplines - architecture, urban planning and urban design, geography, and sociology to name a few. While conceptualized narrowly by individual disciplines, a holistic framework of placemaking is sorely missing. Mahyar Arefi seeks to fill this gap by exploring these questions: how are places physically created, socially mobilized, and politically contested?

This book explores three competing approaches to placemaking: need-based, opportunity-based, and asset-based. Using a case study approach, the book delves into each paradigm and its stages of physical formation, social mobilization, and political contestation.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Three Dichotomies Relevant to Placemaking 3. Placemaking in Istanbul and Boston 4. Need-based Placemaking 5. Opportunity-based Placemaking 6. Asset-based Placemaking 7. Evolutionary/Stages

About the Author

Mahyar Arefi is an Associate Professor at the School of Planning, University of Cincinnati, USA, and holds a PhD in planning from the University of Southern California, USA. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the US Department of Housing and Urban Development doctoral dissertation grant, Goody Clancy's Faculty Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Istanbul, Turkey. He has published extensively in the areas of place and placemaking, community and international development, and urbanism.

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Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design

The Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of planning and beyond. The series publishes international research covering spatial planning, regional planning, planning history, planning theory, communities, impact assessment, transport, sustainability and urban design. Building on Routledge’s history of academic rigor and cutting edge research, the series will contribute to the rapidly expanding literature in all areas of planning and urban design. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development