The practice of placemaking has reversed the decline of many a neighbourhood, creating quality places where people want to live, work, play and learn. Apart from improving the physical characteristics of spaces, there is a deeper, more emotional purpose. Placemaking enables communities to bond, celebrate diverse cultural identities, and enjoy life in the city. Finally, the practice can improve the economic viability of a place, and offer opportunities for healthy, productive, resilient societies.

Fundamentally rooted in community participation, the process of placemaking includes the planning, design, adaptation and management of public spaces.

At Think City, our work spans across public realm improvement such as the upgrade of pavements or laneways and greening projects or reviving a public park, space activation — curating activities and cultural programmes, and place management — offering places for communities to hold events and activities of their own.

The Placemaking team is working with various city stakeholders and government authorities to transform Kuala Lumpur’s historic centre into a creative and cultural district.


Public Realm Improvement Projects


Space Activation Projects


Public Park Transformations


Laneway Improvements

Public Realm Improvement

This area focuses on creating quality and inclusive public spaces such as parks, walkways, laneways, public squares, and other public spaces. Public Realm Improvement aims to make cities more people friendly through walkability, connectivity, inclusiveness, and if possible, the incorporation of climate adaptation components such as flood mitigation.

Space Activation

Space Activation looks at programming places with the larger agenda of transforming a space into a place. This helps with shaping behaviour, creating and incubating communities and contributes to community resilience.

Place Management

Place Management focuses on how a space or a place can be managed to ensure its sustainability and feasibility. This is achieved through space and building management, the development of a place plan, content curation and programming and the introduction of governance.