The commons provides a crossroads of human social interaction and connection
In addition it serves in enhancing cultural tourism and economic vitality, which ultimately leads to greater citizen involvement and civic responsibility in solutioning challenges to the urban environment.
The Placemaking process serves as a vehicle and catalyst for creating livable, connective cities.
When approached utilizing sustainable practices, such as whole systems design principles, recycled and sustainable materials, and public features conceived and created by the local community, Placemaking becomes invested in value and meaning. It is only with human interaction with a place and its inhabitants that a connection is formed, and that place becomes valued.
O.P.E.N. serves as a forum for designers, artists, planners, activists and the community at large, promoting public space as a medium for shared experience to foster mutual respect among individuals in support of Asheville’s stimulating contemporary culture.
Working with other local, non-profit organizations, such as the Asheville Design Center (ADC), Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC), and local government agencies, such as the Transit Department of Asheville, O.P.E.N. is uniquely positioned to act as a bridge in paving the way for creating Placemaking in under-utilized/empty spaces within the urban fabric.
City municipalities are able save money and meet many social and infrastructural revitalization goals, through acting in collaboration with and lending support to Placemaking projects.