Placemaking Resources

The following resources are meant to inspire and provide ideas for feasible and achievable placemaking projects within your community.


What is Placemaking?

What if We Built Our Communities Around Places? Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution – Project for Public Spaces.


Tactical Urbanism

Tactical urbanism includes low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment, usually in cities, intended to improve local neighbourhoods and city gathering places.


How to Engage Your Community

Community engagement and involvement is at the core of placemaking. Building places for people, with people is critical to ensure that all people see themselves in a place and feel a sense of belonging. How you engage community is the first step toward inclusivity.


Promotion

Reaching your community broadly to ensure engagement and awareness is a key element to inclusion and participation. If you want to create a great place, you’ll need to involve as many people as possible. Your community is full of neighbours with interesting ideas and desires for what role local public spaces need to fill, and the resulting space can only reach its greatest potential if it can be responsive and useful for the broadest group of people.


Measuring Success

Evaluating engagement allows you and the public to determine participant satisfaction, identify lessons learned, and improve future engagement strategies. There are always takeaways that help refine and enhance the next project!

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News

Newly Constructed Helipad Reopens at Cape Breton Regional Hospital

The newly constructed helipad has opened at Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

The newly constructed helipad has opened at Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

QEII Halifax Infirmary Expansion Project Underway

Work has started on the QEII Halifax Infirmary Expansion Project with heavy equipment, site trailers and fencing now in place. Construction of a new e…

Work has started on the QEII Halifax Infirmary Expansion Project with heavy equipment, site trailers and fencing now in place. Construction of a new emergency department entrance and renovations to the ambulance entryway will start first.

Mill Cove Ferry Will Navigate Nova Scotians from Bedford to Downtown Halifax

People who live in and around the Halifax area will have a new, environmentally friendly, high-speed ferry service for travel between Bedford and down…

People who live in and around the Halifax area will have a new, environmentally friendly, high-speed ferry service for travel between Bedford and downtown Halifax.

Site Preparation Set to Start for New Healthcare Facility

Nova Scotians are one step closer to having better access to the healthcare they need with site preparation about to begin for the acute care tower at…

Nova Scotians are one step closer to having better access to the healthcare they need with site preparation about to begin for the acute care tower at the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s Halifax Infirmary site.

New Public Spaces at Cunard

More space to play is coming to the Halifax waterfront.

More space to play is coming to the Halifax waterfront.

Bayers Lake Community Outpatient Centre Opens

Nova Scotians will receive more care, faster at the new Bayers Lake Community Outpatient Centre.

Nova Scotians will receive more care, faster at the new Bayers Lake Community Outpatient Centre.

Province Taking Action to Bring Cell Service to All Nova Scotians

The Province is taking action to make sure all Nova Scotians have access to cellular service, no matter where they live or travel.

The Province is taking action to make sure all Nova Scotians have access to cellular service, no matter where they live or travel.

Halifax to Host ROCKWOOL Canada Sail Grand Prix

Build Nova Scotia is thrilled to announce that the Halifax Harbour will be the location of the ROCKWOOL Canada Sail Grand Prix!…

Build Nova Scotia is thrilled to announce that the Halifax Harbour will be the location of the ROCKWOOL Canada Sail Grand Prix!

Halifax Waterfront Food and Beverage Business Opportunity

Build Nova Scotia is seeking a morning-focused food and beverage operator for the perfect location on the Halifax waterfront!…

Build Nova Scotia is seeking a morning-focused food and beverage operator for the perfect location on the Halifax waterfront!

Evergreen Market Vendor Opportunity

July 11, 2023 — Halifax, NS: The Evergreen Festival will bring the bright and exciting spirit of the season to the Halifax waterfront from November 24…

July 11, 2023 — Halifax, NS: The Evergreen Festival will bring the bright and exciting spirit of the season to the Halifax waterfront from November 24-December 17, 2023. Local businesses and organizations are invited to ge…