Place Making | Essay Series


Posted on: November 27th, 2021

Place Making | Essay Series

‘Place Making’ is a theme that is part of the contest series ArchWeekly, a new brand of journal competitions inviting participants to engage in critical conversations on selected themes from several disciplines of architecture and design.



Place making is both a process and a philosophy. It inspires people to re-imagine and re-invent public spaces as the heart of every community. Place making is centered around mapping the activities and behavior of the people in a particular space. It helps us understand their needs and aspirations for that space and for their community as a whole.

Planners need to focus on designing spaces that are inclusive and adaptable. More than promoting better urban design, it facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

The brief aims to open a dialogue that encourages how placemaking can strengthen the connection between people and place through stories, accounts or even observations.



  1. What is the concept of placemaking? 

Place making focuses on creating healthy and lively public space. Various factors contribute to making a great place.  What are these contributing factors? What are the elements of place making?  What are some of the recurring principles or similarities seen in these spaces?

  1. What makes a great public space? 

The character of a public space differs in different regions. Elements like culture, people and architecture contribute to it. What is the role of people in a public space? What are the placemaking processes that contribute to strengthening the concept? What are the crucial elements of place making?


  1. Why is placemaking important? 

Community spaces can have an everlasting impact on the social and cultural value of a city. How can spaces have a psychological impact on people? What are the benefits of effective place making?

  1. What are the general guidelines for developing public spaces? 

Various organizations have set international standards for developing a successful public space. Who has designed these guidelines? What are these guidelines?


  1. List some examples of great public spaces?

Name and explain some placemaking theories? What contributes to an ideal space? Write about public spaces in your city? What placemaking approach is used in your city?


  1. What organizations and firms are working towards planning and managing public spaces?

Various firms and organizations have emerged in urban planning and design. List some of the known firms/ organizations?



  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate only as an individual in the ArchWeekly program. Co-authoring essays is not allowed.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.
  • Anybody working with UNI or associated with us are not eligible to participate or receive awards in competitions hosted on UNI. That includes currently working employees at UNI, jury members, community moderators or contract agencies, and their direct relatives.

Base Rules

  • You can submit more than one project under a single theme, but the entries have to be registered separately.
  • You can submit entries for multiple themes under ArchWeekly at the same time, but the registration for each theme must be done separately.
  • Participants can submit content submitted/published previously on any other website. The copyrights to the article must be owned by the participant.
  • Your submission as part of any competition is linked to your UNI user account which stands as your identification, we do not have any identification codes. Hence, your submission should not include any form of identification or personal information such as your names, organization, city, etc.
  • A single participant is eligible to win multiple awards in the ArchWeekly program.
  • The official language of the competitions is English.
  • If there are any changes in competition brief or schedule, they shall be updated on the website.
  • When you register for a competition, you are automatically agreeing to the terms and conditions of UNI.


Participants shall deliver a written article of about 1000 – 1500 words with no more than 3 images, in a cohesive piece that answers the above questions or arguments presented. A cover of size [2000px x 1000px] must also be uploaded with the writing submission.

The images must be copyright free or the participant must own the rights of the images used.

Series Schedule

ArchWeekly’ is a journal series organised by UNI, consisting of a set number of contests being released to discuss various themes in architecture and design. All participants are invited to take part in as many contests as they can and take their chances at winning exciting prizes.

The subjects for discussion in the field are countless, but we have tried to narrow it down to these specific themes. Each theme has been carefully curated to initiate conversation on a weekly basis. All the themes for 12 weeks are being released at once, to give participants the opportunity to explore and start work on their preferred themes at the same time.

We invite participants to submit written content relevant to these subjects:

  1. History of Architecture
  2. Women in Architecture
  3. Furniture Design
  4. Architecture for Healing
  5. Recycled Architecture and Adaptive Reuse
  6. Resilient Architecture
  7. Travel and Architecture
  8. Night Architecture
  9. Temporary Architecture
  10. Place Making
  11. Biomimetics
  12. Future of CIties

The last date for submission is 31st January 2022. Entries can be submitted anytime before this deadline (Check Schedule). Participants can partake in multiple contests of ArchWeekly i.e. all 12 themes that have been released, but registration for each contest must be done separately.

There is no maximum limit for the number of competitions that participants can register for. The registration for ArchWeekly contests is free. The awards and schedule details are provided in respective tabs and participants are required to take a look at these sections to find submission deadlines and prizes.


Submission Guidelines

Participants have the freedom to choose any type of submission mentioned above as long as the content is relevant to the theme. The content should be around 1000-1500 words. Participants can combine the above submission types if they wish to do so. They can use images (no more than 3) to supplement the content written.


  • Ensure that the final sheets submitted do not include your name or any other mark of identification.
  • Citations of quotes, content or images must be included at the end of the written submission. References will not be included in the word count.
  • Submit JPEG images only.
  • Self promotion is permitted i.e content covering personal works can be submitted as an entry. Do not present the content as an advertisement or commercial post/spam.
  • Copyright responsibility of the submitted content is with the author.
  • If participants refer to any existing work like text, theory, images, or ideas, in their entries, giving due credit is mandatory. Otherwise, it will be counted as plagiarism.
  • Content that may be hurtful, discriminatory or defamatory will be removed from the site. Explicit content will not be tolerated on the website. If a writer posts content that violates our terms or goes against our guidelines, we will remove the post and contact the writer when necessary.


Judging Criteria

The judging criteria will have equal importance on Subject, Audience, Relevance and creativity. Along with this emphasis would be given on organization of the thoughts. As these are story driven evaluation benchmarks, the judging criteria are only able to provide a subjective understanding of the parameters. The holistic nature of articles will generally prevail over objective evaluation criteria.

The Jury for ArchWeekly will involve the multi-disciplinary editorial team at UNI. For the grand jury, UNI is hosting a network of respected academicians and experts who can provide their insights on every subject. They are passionate about writing and the role of documented research in the architecture and design fields.


Important dates

  • Registration deadline: 15th January 2022
  • Submission deadline: 15th January 2022
  • Result announcement: 25th February 2022


All deadlines are 6:30 GMT +5.



To be announced.


For further details visit the website.

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