What exactly is placemaking?

A little introduction to placemaking and what it means for the future of real estate:

You have heard of Space as a Service. Well, placemaking is simply ‘Outdoor Space as a Service’.

Placemaking is a people-centered approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. It involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in a particular space, to discover needs and aspirations. This information is then used to create a common vision for that place. The vision can evolve quickly into an implementation strategy, beginning with small-scale, do-able improvements that can immediately bring benefits to public spaces and the people who use them.

“First life, then spaces, then buildings – the other way around never works. In a Society becoming steadily more privatized with private homes, cars, computers, offices and shopping centers, the public component of our lives is disappearing. It is more and more important to make the cities inviting, so we can meet our fellow citizens face to face and experience directly through our senses. Public life in good quality public spaces is an important part of a democratic life and a full life.”

Jan Gehl

Placemaking can be used to improve all of the spaces that comprise the gathering places within a community—its streets, sidewalks, parks, buildings, and other public spaces—so they invite greater interaction between people and foster healthier, more social, and economically viable communities.

This is not just the act of building or fixing up a space; it is a process that fosters the creation of vital public destinations—the kind of places where people feel a strong stake in their communities and commitment to making things better. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration and potential, creating good public spaces that pro mote people’s health, happiness, and economic well-being.

The history of placemaking:

The term came into use in the 1970s by landscape architects, architects and urban developers to describe the process of creating squares, plazas, parks, streets and waterfronts that will attract people because they are pleasurable or interesting. 

StreetDots Food vendors at Paddington Central

The future of placemaking…

StreetDots is bringing more to the placemaking table than ever before. We are not only helping landowners and building operators with increased footfall, and additional revenue, but we are taking into consideration wellness offerings, and elements of placemaking which will create instant communities and memorable experiences for all.

StreetDots is the future of placemaking and is transforming the real estate industry. StreetDots was created to assist in creating vibrant spaces and to help independent traders get more exposure.

Street Dots started with street food mobile vending, and now has 2000+ food vendors on the platform, and 250+ dots in London alone.

Here are the forward-thinking partners who are working with us to enliven their portfolios across London:

Our Partners

Streetdots is moving into other areas to ensure that we are offering the best in mobile vending and mobile experiences:


Imagine being able to pick up a fresh big family sized salad, or a pie for dinner outside the station on your way home. We are constantly thinking about consumer convenience.


Healthy juice bars and smoothie trucks will be great to combine with wellness offerings
Landowners can utilise land to introduce outdoor wellness initiatives like yoga and meditation.
This is great for office buildings and office workers as part of a corporate wellness programme


Big brands can create experiences and market their products in a fresh way.
This is a great way to create lasting brand memories


We will link musicians with outdoor spaces, in order to really enliven spaces.
From folk bands to classical music, we will have a great selection of musicians


Outdoor bars serving up a wide range of cocktails, wine and beer


We will be able to help landowners with their seasonal offerings

Imagine: combining any of these offerings at one time!

StreetDots, coming to a city near you!

Having taken London by storm, we are launching in Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh!

Watch this DOT!

Our co-founder Atholl Milton, will be speaking at FUTURE PropTech on the 14th May with partners TFL. Be sure to check out the discussion! We will also be catering the conference, feeding 2000+ mouths! You can get a taste of our food offerings on the day. StreetDots will also have a stand, so you can meet the team there.