A Place Plan is a guiding document that helps Council's and their communities work together to re-imagine Places. A Place Plan draws together the studies, investigations and reports prepared by experts in their field.
ARTSCAPE's role is to piece together the recommendations of those studies and identify how together they can form a Place Approach. Using that base line of information, our team helps identify a new possibility - a vision for the future and a plan moving forward.
BENEFITS OF A PLACE PLAN
Many government agencies and Council's have produced numerous reports and studies for disparate topics affecting their towns and cities. These could include economic strategies, landscape strategies, heritage studies or even a tourism plan. Governments are often critised by their communities of the 'waste' of all this work. However, a well crafted Place Plan puts that information to good use and brings them together into a singular approach.
WHAT IS A PLACE?
There is no definitive rule book that applies everywhere. Places vary by country and by culture; by geography and land use and by historical evolutions. A place may be a town, a suburb, a building, park or even an intersection. In other words, a place is whatever we decide it it. It will be marked by certain features - some unique, sometimes not. But no matter where it is, it's something that we want locals and visitors to regard as special.
The purpose of a Place Plan is to recognise when a place lacks an essential ingredient, and takes steps to add the missing elements. This means we need to stop and ask questions, and be quick to recognise when a place is starting to work, while another area is lagging behind.
ARTSCAPE'S Place Plan's incorporate a wide range of skills and tasks.
A typical Place Plan could include:
Detailed background study
Contextual and Site Analysis
Urban Morphology Analysis
In implementing a Place Plan we use a method we call the Place Evolution Process.
Its pretty simple.
It breaks down the parts of a Place Changing Project into smaller steps and establishes a program that can be delivered when time and funds suit. It's a good way to align infrastructure projects and place making projects.