I am an urban planner specialized in sustainable urban development, culture and project and process management. I have worked with placemaking projects within municipalities in Sweden. At the moment I am working as a Coordinator of sustainable urban development at the archipelago municipality Österåker in the Stockholm region. I focus on making sure that sustainability is taken into account in the hole urban planning process. Place identity is one of the important aspects in the municipality´s sustainability work. At the moment I am trying to find a good way to incorporate placemaking into our planning processes.
During my spare time I engage in creative placemaking and arrange activities for Placemaking Europe in Stockholm, Sweden. I believe that including citizens in the redevelopment processes of their area and giving them tools to influence how it will turn out can lead to greater results and strengthen the community. Participation in culture and art activities is a fun and easy way to engage citizens' in the development of their city and a way to work with social sustainability. This approach to urban planning made me get into placemaking and I am especially interested in the social benefits of the process. How social innovations and cultural expressions in public places can be used in these processes, and contribute to the creation of more inclusive (social) and sustainable cities.
I have experience in creating and executing placemaking projects. People can reach out to me to discuss the placemaking process and how to cultivate ideas. I have a knowledge and thoughts about placemaking that I would love to pass on. My top skills are in project and process management, and in engaging citizens and local actors. But I am also skilled as a social innovator focusing on ideas that create interaction in public spaces.
Placemaking for innovation, Creative Bureaucracy, Open-source sharing from placemaking practice
We are a team of people who have experiences in culture and arts. Our focus is on how to claim more space for people and culture in the city. We have experience in creating and executing placemaking projects. People can reach out to us to discuss the placemaking process, how to cultivate ideas and to include culture and arts in placemaking projects.
My most successful placemaking project was a neighborhood project with art and music. It was a strategy for sustainability created by me and some other students for a neighborhood with social problems in the city Malmo, Sweden. It fit well with Malmo's ongoing plan strengthening the social sustainability in the area and the ongoing implementation of different placemaking activities in some unsafe public spaces. A school class with 11-year old's and several young men that usually hang out in the center painted and decorated old pianos together with local actors. The pianos where then displayed as art in local public spaces, and were accompanied by music and dance activities. The project produced a string of positive implications. Several different groups of citizens were involved and expressed themselves in the public spaces. The school kids learned about their ability to influence their own area and how to use public spaces in creative ways. The young men, previously causing anxiety and uneasiness among local citizens, were included in a positive appropriation of the public spaces. They spray painted one of the pianos as an outdoor event and handed out free hotdogs. A happening that made people discover the positive sides of the young men. The encounters that the different activities caused had the potential of strengthening the area's social capital. They led to the rise of new or stronger collaboration between local actors, new or strengthened contacts between local actors and local citizen, as well as between different groups of residents. The pianos also invited to a greater use of the central public spaces in the neighborhood, as families lingered there to let their children play and local pianists came by and performed.
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