JPI Urban Europe PlaceCity – Placemaking for Sustainable, Thriving Cities

About the project

The main aim of the project was to advance placemaking as a new approach to creating better cities together and position placemaking as a fundamental measure for urban development and renewal in Europe

«PlaceCity – Placemaking for Sustainable, Thriving Cities» was a 3 years project (2019-2021) funded by the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe.

The practitioner-led consortium had the overarching goal to establish a multidisciplinary and transsectorial European Placemaking Network as an entity and with the capacity to offer support and resources to local and national placemaking initiatives across Europe.

The consortium aimed to advance placemaking as a new approach to creating better cities together. The goals of the project PlaceCity awere to gather proven placemaking tools, test these tools in real life case studies and make these tools readily available to every city in Europe. The aim of implementation was not merely to test the tools, but also to establish sustainable business cases for placemaking in local contexts.

Partner cities for research and implementation were Oslo and Vienna.The long-term impact of this project is the ongoing presence of a consolidated network and the positioning of placemaking as a fundamental measure for urban development and renewal in Europe.

Project partners:  The City of Vienna (Magistratsabteilung 18 Stadtentwicklung und Stadtplanung), the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien – social design), the NGO Eutropian, the architecture company Superwien Architektur, the Dutch placemaking company STIPO, Business Improvement Districts Belgium, Nabolagshager and the City of Oslo – Agency for Urban Environment.

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Nabolagshager Role

Nabolagshager worked as project leader of the Oslo case study and experts in:

  • contributing to the establishment and consolidation of a multidisciplinary and trans-sectorial European placemaking network.
  • collecting placemaking tools and methods in a European placemaking toolbox, test these tools in Oslo , and make these tools readily available to every city.
  • establishing sustainable business cases for placemaking in Oslo. To achieve this, the worked together with a combination of local partners (cities administrations, local communities, businesses, etc) as well as partners at a higher level (knowledge partners, governments, etc).
  • coordinate the Oslo case study which aimed to empower at-risk youth from Hersleb highschool to create inclusive meeting places and activities in their schoolyard through placemaking and creative participatory methods. The students themselves identified wishes and needs among students, teachers and neighbors, mapped limitations and challenges, and tested and implemented short-term actions that contributed to create meeting places and activities for the entire neighborhood.
  • organizing the PlaceCity symposium in Oslo to explore and discuss the potential of placemaking as a tool for creating more inclusive, just and sustainable cities. Read more about this symposium here.


The Oslo placemaking toolbox

The Oslo placemaking toolbox provides you with access to free manuals to make your community more livable. All tools were developed and tested in Norway by a vibrant community of placemakers. The Oslo toolbox is open source and embedded in the Placemaking Europe toolbox you can browse for further inspiration.

REPORT PlaceCity – Creating better cities together

Through the PlaceCity Project, we feel confident that placemaking has grown in its impact to connect placemakers, as well as pushing the methodological
underpinnings of the field working on the local and the European level. Download the final report of the PlaceCity project here.


For questions about this project, contact:

Laura Martinez – Director of Research