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Porch Placemaking

How In-between Spaces Work During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Abstract

This article illustrates the concept of "porch placemaking" emerging in various neighborhoods in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. While people face difficulty going to and staying in public spaces, they invent micro-intervention to socialize with others at their front porch, balcony, or window with a lighter, quicker, cheaper approach. These spaces are in-between spaces interfacing private and public realms. 
Porch placemaking can positively influence socially, culturally, and mentally in neighborhoods, but it seems conditioned to apply by physical, natural, and social settings. 
Porch placemaking is a quick and improvisational reaction to the pandemic. However, it could be an effective way to enhance a sense of neighborhood even after the pandemic. This article discusses ways to sustain and expand the practice.

Published:
Pages:183 to 190
Section: Society
How to Cite
Tamura, K. (2020) “Porch Placemaking”, The Journal of Public Space, 5(3), pp. 183-190. doi: https://doi.org/10.32891/jps.v5i3.1376.

Author Biography

Koichiro Tamura is leading placemaking movement in Japan at Sotonoba, a collective of urbanists to reimagine public spaces through its own media platform, advocacy, projects, research, training, and networking. He is also active as a core member of the placemakers network in Asia and a consultant of activation and management for urban redevelopment projects. He is engaged in urban, transport, and infrastructure planning projects in more than 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East in his prior career. He holds master’s degree in placemaking and international development and a bachelor’s in civil engineering.

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