Creative Placemaking

Creative placemaking approaches help build strong, healthy cities by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization.

ULI’s Creative Placemaking Project is being undertaken as part of the Building Healthy Places Initiative. The project is developing resources about effective creative placemaking strategies which will be widely distributed among ULI member and partner networks; embedding creative placemaking strategies in ULI programs, including the Healthy Corridors project; and advancing efforts by ULI members and District Councils to utilize creative placemaking approaches in development projects.

ULI is grateful to the Kresge Foundation for its support of this project. (Read more about the ULI partnership with the Kresge Foundation.)

“Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.”
-Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa

Creative Placemaking Survey

Are you working on creative placemaking projects?
We want to hear from you. ULI members and partners are encouraged to fill out the Creative Placemaking Program Survey:
Share your Experience

New from the ULI Creative Placemaking Program


Four District Councils Win Creative Placemaking Grants
February 22, 2017
Four ULI district councils have received grants to support creative placemaking projects that will use arts-based strategies to strengthen the connection between health and the built environment.


Creative PlacemakingRoundup: Creative Placemaking at ULI’s Fall Meeting in Dallas
November 9, 2016
The 2016 Fall Meeting in Dallas featured a lot of excellent Creative Placemaking content.


wynwoodwalls_mia_18_200x200District Council Creative Placemaking Opportunities
November 9, 2016
ULI District Councils can apply for two collaborative creative placemaking opportunities. Learn more.


the-hall-exterior-200x200jpgGrowing Value through Creative Placemaking
October 11, 2016
Read the Urban Land article by Juanita Hardy.


Creative Placemaking Resources
October 9, 2016
Learn more about creative placemaking via these articles and books.



Creative Placemaking Leadership

Juanita Hardy
ULI Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking

Juanita Hardy is ULI’s Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking. She has decades of experience in business and in the arts as a nonprofit leader, trustee, collector, and patron. Hardy is the former Executive Director of CulturalDC, a nonprofit committed to making space for artists and art organizations and fostering cultural and economic vibrancy in communities through creative placemaking. Learn more.
Read the Urban Land Q&A with Juanita Hardy


National Working Group

ULI is grateful for the insights and input of members and partners participating in the Creative Placemaking National Working Group. The Working Group members are providing advice and counsel on the ULI Creative Placemaking Program. Meet the Working Group. [coming soon!]

Want to learn more or get involved? Please email

Creative Placemaking

Creative Placemaking describes a comprehensive community development approach that intentionally embeds arts, culture, and community-engaged design into strategies to revitalize and stabilize communities.

Within the context of the Building Healthy Places Initiative, arts and culture are viewed as essential elements to creating holistically healthy neighborhoods and cities.

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