Placemaking is both a process and a philosophy. It is centred around observing, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work, and take their leisure time in a particular space in order to understand their needs and aspirations for that space and for their community as a whole.
Places should therefore be designed with local communities in mind, and it is critical to engage residents in genuine consultation as part of the placemaking process.
The Liveable Exeter programme provides an opportunity to renew the structure of the city so that it can accommodate the sort of change and attract the investment it needs for its communities to prosper in the future. The programme is focused on delivering a series of new sustainable neighbourhoods and communities within Exeter – building on Garden City principles.
To support the delivery of these future communities, the Liveable Exeter project team are working with local architects on the Future Places Toolkit. This Toolkit will establish principles that guide the development of future neighbourhoods in Exeter. These principles will help realise Exeter’s ambitions in terms of delivering clean and sustainable growth, and also ensure that development is delivered in a way that responds to the character of the city and its setting.
It is hoped that this will position Exeter as a global exemplar of sustainable and inclusive growth and ensure that we meet today’s challenges with innovative, bespoke and dynamic solutions to deliver a future Exeter that everyone can be proud of and benefit from.