Politics of International Placemaking

Urban Planning

Spring 2013

Marcela Tovar-Restrepo, instructor

The creation and recreation of urban places is an essential component of planning practice across the world. Planners are agents that mediate global political and economic pressures, on the one hand, and local socio-cultural and institutional conditions, on the other. Within these multifaceted contexts and interacting with communities, they facilitate an ongoing process of “glocal” placemaking. This course explored the practices and politics of place making and how they impact and are impacted by the (re)production and (de/re)territorialization of cultural practices, institutional arrangements, and spatial traits/trends in multiple and varied localities across the globe at the turn of the twenty-first century. The students were expected to critically analyze and compare the nuanced differences across planning contexts, assess the level of effectiveness of planning approaches used in addressing such conditions and their resulting place-based effects, and envision better planning practices to make progress in the attainment of more just cities.