Definition: Place making is the process in which a person or a group of similarly interested persons design a physical space, whether that be through social interactions or physical construction, to fit their individual well-being.


There is no exact date on when place-making can be stated as being founded because it has been going on since humans have walked the earth. The process of place making is the approach of making an individual’s surroundings more habitable to them, whether that be mentally, physically, or culturally. Over the years this process has been more focused towards larger entities i.e. large companies/institutions to help their employees work in a healthier and friendlier environment to maximize work efficiency. Google, for example, was an industry leader in the sense that they saw themselves in a high work stress environment and added features like a slide instead of stairs to make the space “more fun” and less stressful.

Related Case studies:

Toward architecture of place: Moving beyond iconic to extraordinary

Place making pays off: How a green space advances economic development