Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces.  It involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work, and play in a particular space to discover their needs and aspirations.  Placemaking can be used to improve all of the spaces that comprise the gathering places within a community – its streets, sidewalks, parks, buildings, and other public spaces – so they invite greater interaction between people and foster healthier, more social, and economically viable communities.  WCWRPC has partnered with the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) to bring placemaking technology to west central Wisconsin. 


Project Types    
  • Downtown revitalization


  • Public facilities and civic institutions
  • Parks, plazas, and trails
  • Greenfield, mixed-use development 
  • Any place where people gather
  • Transportation linkages and streetscapes
  • Infill development


For a PDF handout with additional information click here.

The contact for this service area is: Chris Straight