Community Engagement: What Is It?
Deep and real community engagement is critical for placemaking and can take an array of forms. The process requires a continuum of activation and focusses on the higher levels of participation such as empowerment and true involvement. This chapter presents the process of community engagement in the context of placemaking and covers who the users or communities are, the process and products arising from community engagement and how to ensure the place remains activated and relevant via continuous evaluation. The chapter presents citizen science, an engagement process particularly suited to placemaking. How to navigate conflict and engage different cultures is also discussed. The chapter presents an overview of engagement practice for placemaking and offers insights into how to create effective places, independent of its setting.
KeywordsCommunity engagement Public participation Placemaking
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