From talking to people it is clear to us that ‘Placemaking’ such as we worked on together for the Museum of St Albans Hatfield Road design charrette and the landscape-led CCOS design charrette is very high on peoples agendas. Whilst the headlines are about numbers of new homes required, making new, and integrating existing communities that focus on health and wellbeing, good connectivity and all that makes a ‘place’ (our St Albans) not just housing. We intend to look not only nationally but internationally for good practice and ideas.
We also want to ‘learn and share’ with other local groups that have synergy with what we do. There is so much good stuff going on, so do make sure you keep in touch and attend any events when you can.
To help local groups we know of a good online tool that can also be downloaded as an app. https://placecheck.info/en/ As it says on the website “A Placecheck consists of one or more walkabouts, followed by discussion of the information and opinions they turn up, and some serious thinking about the next steps and who needs to be involved. Using the Placecheck app enables you to extend the Placecheck over several weeks, if that is appropriate, with the results being available permanently online.
Placecheck’s simple idea is that much of what needs to be known about a place can be seen and understood by looking at it, or is in the heads of the people who live, work or play there. Placecheck is the simplest, quickest way of finding out what the place and its people can tell us, and starting the process of making change happen.
Placecheck gets us asking three questions:
What do we like about this place?
What do we dislike about this place?
What do we need to work on?”
We are delighted one residents group has contacted us about how much they love their place and what could be learned from their area. Team Look! has asked them to be a trailblazer locally and use Placecheck and present at one of our forthcoming events.