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Placemaking UPSC NOTE


What is Placemaking?

  • Placemaking is an approach to urban design that prioritizes people over infrastructure. 

  • It aims to create public spaces that are more than just utilitarian, but rather places that inspire and promote social interaction and cultural exchange.

  • Placemaking recognizes that public spaces play an essential role in the social and cultural life of communities, and that they are critical to creating a sense of place and identity.

  • Placemaking also emphasizes the importance of sustainable practices in urban design. 

  • This involves incorporating green infrastructure, active transportation, and energy-efficient design principles into the design of public spaces.

  • Vacant, unused or underused spaces are being reclaimed for the benefit of communities.

  • The initiative is part of a special project of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs under its Smart Cities Mission. 

  • It is mostly implemented through urban local bodies, communities and MLAs and corporators.

Placemaking in India

  • Over 200 projects, covering approximately 2.75 lakh sq m, have been completed so far in more than 55 Indian cities.

  • The first placemaking marathon was launched in October 2021, with cities asked to suggest places that could be repurposed. 

  • Trial projects were identified in 14 cities and the turnaround time was as less as 75 hours. 

  • They involved upgradation of parks, restoration of water bodies, construction of plazas and creation of outdoor spaces in primary health centres and anganwadis.

  • In a primary health centre for child vaccination in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, an outdoor play and sitting area was created. 

  • In Odisha’s Rourkela, a local pond was revived and the area around it was turned into a picnic spot.

  • Funding for the projects comes from various sources, including municipalities, the Smart Cities Mission corpus, NGOs, the Women and Child Development Department, and even local politicians.



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Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam: Placemaking UPSC NOTE
Placemaking UPSC NOTE
Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam
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