1. Enjoyed the new buzz term ‘PlaceShakers’ and what it means.. Seems like most firms focus on just the PlaceMaker part and disconnect with the citizens on how to actually help them succeed in changing their built environment once the plans are complete. Our D4H group is trying to do it through health and design along with creative funding ideas on a grassroots level . Thanks for the insight and greatly enjoyed the article.

  2. Awesome, but I think Scotty’s umbrella comparison is too far open. I believe Place Shaking is a discipline, as is Place Making.
    A Placeshaker should also be committed to social networking, community organizing, strategic marketing, collaborations, clustering, events and all things creative and implementable…. and if anyone is looking for what it takes to Placeshake, call on Ms. Boulevard, San Diego’s Neighborhood Placeshaker.


  1. […] Earlier this month, writing about successful neighborhood planning, my fellow PlaceMaker Howard Blackson used the term “placeshaker” as a catch-all for the grass roots engagement efforts that empow…  […]

  2. […] men (and women) in the street are the ones increasingly driving policy change. Where will all that placeshaking take us without compelling visualizations of unifying physical […]

  3. […] At the PlaceShakers blog, Scott Doyon explores the difference between “placemaking” and “placeshaking”: […]

  4. […] about how planners can better work with communities towards successful outcomes, as well as the diverse roles — many requiring no expertise whatsoever — to be played in the process. In response to […]

  5. […] en aan groen in de openbare ruimte namen bewoners van de Noord Amerikaanse stad Kansas het heft in eigen hand. Ze zetten delen van een grote boulevard af en lieten zo de gemeente en de stad zien hoe mooi groen […]

  6. […] sometimes calls these types of DIY efforts placeshaking but, guess what: I have no emotional stake in whether or not you use the same term. Could not care […]

  7. […] on the street. Very smart elucidator, Scott Doyon, dug deeper into these distinctions and concluded that Placemaking was a constructive political act that physically changes our built environment […]

  8. […] we have a working knowledge of human placemaking principles, it’s hard to fully empower local placeshakers with the tools required to achieve their collective local vision or consensus […]

  9. […] rooms are created by a sense of enclosure, perhaps the most critical element of placemaking. Standard suburban enclosure is a 1:6 ratio of building height to street width. Shallow setbacks […]

  10. […] a comment I made in an earlier blog on ‘PlaceShaking vs. PlaceMaking.’ It can be found here and think its relevant to our smaller steps to city making and how we get things done in the 21st […]

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