In the UK the term Placemaking is used extensively by professionals who apply the term to regeneration but there is not a huge amount of evidence that people that live in the area are really involved at an early stage. Individuals living in a community tend to be brought in as part of the final stages of a project that has already been significantly developed and heading towards obtaining planning permission. However the following definition of Placemaking suggests the involvement of people living in the place is essential from the start of the regeneration process to ensure the plans address their needs rather than what others think the community might need.
Placemaking is how we collectively shape our public realm to maximize shared value. Rooted in community-based participation, Placemaking involves the planning, design, management and programming of public spaces. More than just creating better urban design of public spaces, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of activities and connections (cultural, economic, social, ecological) that define a place and support its ongoing evolution. Placemaking is how people are more collectively and intentionally shaping our world, and our future on this planet. Project for Public Spaces (PPS)