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Placemaking

During this project I kept coming across the term'placemaking' and I wasn't exactly sure what it meant, but it seemed to be relevant to thinking about how we might preserve and expand green and quiet spaces in urban setting. Placemaking is a multi-dimensional approach to the planning, creation and sustainability of public spaces that has the potential to build relevant healthy and joyous spaces for everyone in our villages, towns and cities. See this interesting recent blog post on Four Ways to Build Inclusive, Healthy Places for All on RWJF Culture of Health Blog. This clearly links back to Lucy Saunder's Healthy Streets Approach which we think all city councils in UK should sign up to.

The Bench

Thanks to Andrew Stevenson at MMU for sending over the finished film about a psycho-geographical reflection on place, nostalgia and walking, by four undergraduate students from Manchester, UK. Please see their previous blog post

Three New Books

As part of our celebration event at Elizabeth Gaskell's house on the 26th June, Slap-Dash Publishing launched three new books published during our MMQS project. Slap-Dash Publishing is our in-house community publishing project that has been running since 2005 and in which we have worked alongisde local artists and authors to help people produce the books that they want to make using print on demand technology and Adobe Creative Suites for design and layout. In this small collection of very different publications, we bring to you a fabulous poetry anthology of poems created by participants during the MMQS 2017-2018 project alongside the walks, talks and other activities, a book of Manchester

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