Infrastructuring Place: A Case Study of Citizen-Led Placemaking Practices in Two Urban Gardening Projects

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Frangos, Maria




A proliferation of citizen-led placemaking practices, characterised by peer-to-peer production, collective intelligence and participatory design, has challenged expert-led development practices, and encouraged alternative forms of urban governance and land use. From large-scale projects to temporary urban interventions, citizens are exploring new ways of working together to reshape their communities and make place. This study builds on emerging concepts in participatory design by answering the question “how do urban gardening communities make place?” Through sketch mapping, focus group interviews and document analysis, this case study combines two research traditions for an interdisciplinary analysis of the material practices and social impact of commons-based approaches to placemaking; emphasising the important role citizens play in creating, designing and maintaining urban places. The study demonstrates that citizens working outside a professional urban design context can (and do) innovate to create meaningful community spaces, while socially advancing new forms of participation, production and knowledge.


Design and Decorative Arts
Urban and Regional Planning




Carleton University

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