Placemaking Ideas Session

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We want your placemaking ideas!

Cambridge City Council has directed staff to undertake a visioning exercise and gather ideas for placemaking activities and initiatives which could be undertaken in the City’s three distinct cores – Galt, Hespeler and Preston – over the short and longer term.

Staff are leading an ideas-generation and brainstorming exercise, soliciting input from members of the City’s Advisory Committees, business leaders, civic organizations, institutions and stakeholders, to provide Council with options on placemaking initiatives.

As a member of one of these groups, we want your ideas. We are asking that you review some material, which we hope stimulates ideas that are meaningful, bold, delightful and exciting. Then we want your ideas. Ideas can be grand or modest, borrowed or original.

Please note - this is the first step in a multi-stage process. A report will be provided to Council in December 2021 which will provide recommendations on next steps.

Cambridge Sign

We want your placemaking ideas!

Cambridge City Council has directed staff to undertake a visioning exercise and gather ideas for placemaking activities and initiatives which could be undertaken in the City’s three distinct cores – Galt, Hespeler and Preston – over the short and longer term.

Staff are leading an ideas-generation and brainstorming exercise, soliciting input from members of the City’s Advisory Committees, business leaders, civic organizations, institutions and stakeholders, to provide Council with options on placemaking initiatives.

As a member of one of these groups, we want your ideas. We are asking that you review some material, which we hope stimulates ideas that are meaningful, bold, delightful and exciting. Then we want your ideas. Ideas can be grand or modest, borrowed or original.

Please note - this is the first step in a multi-stage process. A report will be provided to Council in December 2021 which will provide recommendations on next steps.

  • The following exercise is intended to be a guided visioning session to help generate creative ideas for how we can apply placemaking in the Cambridge core areas. 

    • The first half of the exercise will take you through some of the standard principles of placemaking and ask you to think about these principles in relation to your committee, organization or association area of focus, and related opportunities for Cambridge.  

    • The second half of the exercise will ask you to share your placemaking idea(s) for Cambridge. 


    Before you begin

    Please take a moment to consider your group's area of focus and expertise. You may wish to review your committee or association's Terms of Reference for guidance. 

    We ask that as you go through the exercise, think specifically about the City's three unique core areas and what activities, experiences, and interactions could occur there. Maps of our downtown areas are included below for reference. 


    TIP: It may be helpful to keep a pen and paper on hand to jot down notes and thoughts as you start to generate your idea(s). 

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