The ART of Engagement Placemaking for Nature and People in Cities
Urban spaces require the engagement of citizens to create and shape them into unique signifiers of connection, residence and activity in cities and regions. In an increasingly urban and climate change-challenged world, there is a necessity to build connections between spaces, people and environment. Australian cities built on Indigenous country need to find modes of engagement that reconcile the tensions caused by historical yet enduring invasion of space and place. Placemaking is one mechanism by which connections can be forged and bridges built between these tensions, and become, in and of itself, a mode of community engagement for all citizens. This chapter will interrogate this idea, and specifically explore whether the use of public art as placemaking can catalyse community engagement with place, environment and culture in cities. As such, placemaking itself can lead to powerful community engagement and become a tool that generates narratives around and connection to urban ecologies and hence integration between people and place in cities.
KeywordsArt Community engagement Placemaking Indigenous Cities
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