Placemaking is Really about Appreciating the Best that Penang Already Has

By Rachel Yeoh

February 2024 FEATURE
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IMAGINE A PENANG where public spaces are amalgamated with greenery, communal spaces, education hubs, lifestyle joints and offices. With these, we would have created inclusive and liveable communities around the state. To get there, we need sustainable placemaking—the planning, designing and managing of public spaces to work symbiotically with one another.The great thing about placemaking is that there is no need for “development”; placemaking can be birthed from old, decommissioned, single buildings to whole districts—it is the making of a...

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Rachel Yeoh

is a former journalist who traded her on-the-go job for a life behind the desk. For the sake of work-life balance, she participates in Penang's performing arts scene after hours.