Introducing the Topic
What thoughts and considerations go into our spaces in order to encourage placemaking outcomes? That is, a purposeful strategy to factor people into the planning process of making public spaces (What is placemaking, 2008).
What relates is an article I read about third places (not home or work) from a library perspective. My takeaways were:
- We plan our spaces. Organizations strategize to create holistically appealing settings.
- We learn from each other. What one institution strives to accomplish in one way or another certainly pertains to other businesses and/or organizations.
- We care about people. Why else work with the public–be it library or small business–than to ensure beneficial experiences for all staff, customers, and visitors?
- “People Appreciate Opportunities to Linger…lingering is what you do after you’ve done what you came to do” (Malczewski, 20123, para.3).
- People Yearn to Be around Others. (It pertains that this human back and forth duality has its own expression: face-to-face aka f2f.)
So people make places matter. Do better places make better people? And, where do the two intersect?
Making A Masonry Supply Small Business Connection
Small business can be a microcosm of its larger counterpart–a village or a city–and a macrocosm of what’s smaller. Visitors see and touch stone textures while meandering in a masonry supply yard. Often they behave similarly on a larger scale in a national park or on a smaller scale in their own backyards. (Hey, is this lingering?)
At Budding Co. we interface with others outside in our yard, inside the store, at the design center or online right here. Everywhere however we’re in the building places business: trying to carry value over and above the sales transaction. There’s a bigger picture.
Involving Other Parties
Yes, a people-first movement is afoot. Architects and designers are getting on the placemaking bandwagon (Archinect, n.d.) as are contractors, masons and other building tradespersons who construct their projects. And, let us not forget artists and crafters (CraftsCouncil, 2014, video below).
We find it very motivating and an honor to be in the masonry field when these supplies are used for the betterment of people places. Indianapolis’s Cultural Trail, a prime example, was constructed with 11.25 acres of pavers! (Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc., 2016, para. 6).
Personally Reflecting on the Topic
I believe in a very real sense you and I are community-building when we maintain, repair, enhance, and restore——by helping to improve spaces that bring people together——be it commercially in the town center or residentially around a patio fire pit.
This article is the first about what inspires us at Budding Co. BTW what’s your take on placemaking?
Archinect. (n.d.). News: Placemaking. Retrieved August 9, 2016, from http://archinect.com/news/tag/94265/placemaking
CraftsCouncil. (2014, April 1). Place making [Video file, 7:03, YouTube]. See below.
Malczewski, B. (2013, October 17). Mantras of library design. Public Libraries Online: News & Opinion. Retrieved August 5, 2016, from http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2013/10/mantras-of-library-design/
What is placemaking? (2008 [Date of website]). Placemaking Chicago. Retrieved August 5, 2016, from http://www.placemakingchicago.com/about/
Further Reading & Watching
PPS (Project for Public Spaces). (n.d.). 10 principles for successful squares. Retrieved August 5, 2016, from http://www.pps.org/reference/squaresprinciples/