Who We Are

We believe that creative placemaking can be a powerful tool in creating more liveable, vibrant and inclusive cities.

The Creative Placemaking Lab is an innovation lab within Artscape which draws on the organization’s 30 years of leadership to partner with governments, private developers, cultural leaders and communities to solve urban problems and reimagine urban development through arts and culture.
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Our Work

We support the development of Artscape’s creative placemaking projects and engage other city builders in this practice by providing the following services:

Strategy &Design

We develop creative placemaking models & strategies for cities, cultural facilities and NGOs
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DevelopmentPartnerships

We partner with urban developers and city builders to create cultural hubs and plans
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ThoughtLeadership

We share resources and speak about the practice of creative placemaking with others
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Our Projects

We’re looking to answer big questions about the role of arts and culture in city building.

Using a collaborative and inquisitive approach,  our projects are a testing ground for new and innovative ideas.

How can artists be partners in city-building?

The Artscape Atelier initiative provides a possible answer to this question by helping us reimagine the relationship between art and urban development.
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PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP-LEFT: GARRISON MCARTHUR / NIC LEHOUX / MAURICIO CALERO / FRED GALANG / JAMILLE CLARKE-DARSHANAND / THE EDISONS - RUTAS 2018
Latest News

Find out about the latest news, events and insights from the Creative Placemaking Lab.

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March 22, 2019

Creative Placemaking Lab looking into ways to harness data in arts and culture

As digital platforms capture more and more data  about our behaviour, there is a lack of information available on the trends in cultural activity and how people actually engage with arts and culture in real-time. The Creative Placemaking Lab is…

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February 27, 2019

Creative Placemaking outside of Toronto’s downtown core

This month, the City of Vaughan held its 17th annual Vaughan Business Expo, an opportunity to strengthen local enterprise and connect entrepreneurs, which included a Creative Industries Summit for the first time this year. The Summit focused on creative placemaking…

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December 17, 2018

Rethinking Urban Spaces at Seoul’s Oil Tank Culture Park

The Oil Tank Culture Park, located in Seoul, South Korea, sits on a 30-acre site consisting of six large tanks that served as an emergency oil reserve for the South Korean government for 40 years. With the oil facility now…

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Partners &Clients

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