Place-making is a new idea of planning, design, and management of public spaces that are taking the world by a gentle storm. You turn your mundane and unappealing office space (or any other public space) into an interesting place where you would want to work. Not just blindly, though. The aim is to create a place that promotes people’s well being in every aspect, especially professional, keeping in mind the community of people surrounding it.
The concept of place-making involves not only the office building but a certain amount of outside area surrounding the main building as well. Place-making is the collaboration of a process and philosophy which makes use of underutilized space for a better urban experience to escalate good living and face-to-face socializing, keeping in mind the local community’s assets and potential.
What are the reasons that companies need place-making for?
The concept of place-making was introduced in the ‘60s. There were some views on why it seemed necessary.
Larger companies hire their employees from different parts of the state, country, or world. People hate to long-commute, and if it’s too far, it becomes impossible to travel; thus, the company loses potent and talented workers. If people get a place to stay and work at the same place, they would certainly go for it.
Place-making induces more business when cafes, grocery stores, parks, retailers, vendors, and other useful entities are included in the area. Also, it gives locals more income perspectives.
It provides an environment which is relaxed yet energetic, thus perfect for work. The spread-out area and feeling of freedom aids to it.
If used intelligently, place-making of an area can help preserve the local assets, resources, communities, cuisine, and the neighborhood too!
How does place-making work?
Place-making is not only a concept of design to accelerate business and circulation of people. The thought should encircle many aspects like amenities required and activities held surrounding retailers’ and vendors’ participation, the interaction of the community, and the needs of the workers. Space is then adjusted with the changes in the landscape, and all additions and alterations. The end result is so that there is a profit of the firm as well as the community surrounding it.
Place-making is a group effort, so involvement of the owner, the employees, and the locals, all should be taken into account. Observe and make an action, work on a more excellent vision. Also, it requires a lot of patience.
How to do your place-making as an owner?
You need to consult your architect on how to utilize the space before construction. How big is the area? What can you implement in it? What are the necessities of your firm? There are so many things to consider before you plunge into the act.
We can sum up the ideas in the following points:
Sort out the perfect location for your firm:
The location should be near to public transport and other services. The locals should be accepting the presence of your firm and supportive too. If a high tech city is near, it’s even better.
Set a theme for the place:
Your firm and its environment should have a specific item or decal to identify it from the rest of the world. Try different color schemes and decor based on local things available.
Merge architecture and art:
Consult your architect on how to incorporate artwork into the architecture of the place. The surrounding should be attractive and approachable. Strategically place the office, residence, food courts, etc. to triangulate, which can encourage social intercommunication and can be used more frequently in connection with one another.
Decide which business entities to include:
Consult with the locals and your employees to decide which business entities can be included in the compound. For example, if you are providing residence to your employees, there must be a grocery store. The office needs a cafeteria. Everyone needs a medic. So on and so forth.
Develop pedestrian-friendly settings:
Build walkable streets and parks for relaxation. You can even keep a swimming pool. If your locale is beside a lake, then there is no hassle at all. Keep benches and other seating arrangements for the folks too.
Separate the areas with real or faux hedges or planters:
Why build walls of concrete when you can use plants? Plant hedges instead of walls! If you are too worried about the hassle around upkeeping a real fence, you can use the most realistic artificial hedges and bushes instead. They are mess-free and require little or no attention for upkeep at all. You can also use artificial topiary in various shape, size, and variety for barricading.
Introduce greenery arrangements on the outdoor and indoor:
Greenery is a must for any public space. Patches of green here and there, whether real or artificial, are recommended. You can make a rooftop garden landscaping with faux grass and outdoor garden plants for your office roof without any soil. Introduce faux flowering plants that are real to touch! You can also disguise cellphone towers with artificial cedar and pine trees. If you want real plush greenery, cover the community ground with it. Could use some around the water pools too!
Use attractive and useful lighting:
Use lighting that is sufficient and also beautifully showcased. Build lampposts from which you can hang baskets with real touch flowers made of silk and foam, without having to take care of them. Also, keep proper lights in every building.
Health is wealth, so keep a clinic mandatory:
A doctor and some facilities must be present for every public space. Your firm and surroundings require one too.
Spare a space that can be common for all:
You could keep something of a community hall or a common room/space for everyone to stay connected.
Place-making can be termed as a strategy for passive economic development, where the community’s public amenities are used to make economic progress. The private sector companies can use this strategy for growth, also facilitating local employment and let the people thrive in a place where they would want to be.