Placemaking Knowledge Exchange 2024

In May 2024, Dawra Madwarna organised a Placemaking Knowledge Exchange, in collaboration with Fragment, an architecture and urban design office from Norway. The project consisted of a 2 day event as part of our commitment to knowledge building and creating awareness on the importance of improving the quality of public spaces in urban areas.

Workshop: A one-day interactive workshop gathered architects, urban planning professionals, regional council members, active citizen groups and students to share knowledge and tools around placemaking.

Knowledge Exchange: Members of Project Green, Birkirkara Residents Group, Marsaskala Residents Group and Dawra Madwarna shared their initiatives including working with schools to plan public parks, activating neighbours, organizing pop-up activities with local businesses and engaging with communities to transform unused garden beds.

Place Game: In small groups, we assessed a public space in Valletta as a model to implement in our own localities. The place game guides analysis of a place through a series of rating questions.
Once completed, ratings are tallied and the data reveals the most urgent issues to address.

Public Talk: Co-creating Public Space: Placemaking in Practice
Helene Gallis (Fragment) talked about placemaking strategies and shared inspiring stories of how it can be used as a tool to bring communities together to shape their surroundings.

If you missed it, you can watch the recording of the public talk here.

The Placemaking Knowledge Exchange benefits from a grant under the Active Citizens Fund from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, through the EEA Grants