What is Placemaking?

Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and rebuild public spaces for the community. It helps strengthen the connection between people and the places they share. It also promotes better urban design and maximises shared value. It also uses creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place. Effective placemaking techniques can yield a number of benefits for communities of all shapes and sizes such as attracting talent, economic development and competitiveness and the design and use of the public realm.


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Placemaker Awards ASEAN is the brainchild of Nextdor Property Communications, a placemaking consultancy and Think City, a social purpose organisation focused on urban rejuvenation.

True believers in the philosophy of placemaking, Nextdor and Think City came up with the idea of creating an avenue to showcase the best of placemaking projects and give due recognition to community building in the Southeast Asian region.

This is especially important given the rising rate of urbanisation within Southeast Asian cities.

Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces that create vibrant spaces that offer local stakeholders a sense of wellbeing, safety and comfort.

We take pride in promoting authentic efforts to improve the communities through the initiation of projects that add to the public realm and drive greater collaborations in the activation of spaces in where we live, work and play.

Judged solely by an independent panel of leading placemakers and programme partners, this platform serves as a guide to the community, developers or stakeholders as to the best placemaking practices. The award would also improve your exposure amongst the community, build brand awareness and enhance your growth potential.


Entry Submission Deadline :
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 23:59 hrs (GMT +8)
Award Ceremony:
Thursday, 10th November 2021



We believe that the public realm should be given due attention as they play a larger role in how it affects our everyday life.
Placemaker Awards ASEAN thus aims to add vibrancy and competition in the built environment while promoting inclusive community planning in the Southeast Asian Region.
By entering the Placemaker Awards ASEAN 2020/21 you will
Increase credibility and gain industry-wide recognition for your project and company/organisation.
Raise your profile and set a benchmark for other placemakers to follow as well as inspire aspiring placemakers.
Showcase your best placemaking project, achievements and innovations to regional stakeholders that are currently building and managing public spaces.
A commemorative trophy and certificate will be given and you will be recognised through an official announcement to be distributed through the media.
Make sure your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and your team gets the recognition they deserve.
Each entry will be judged within its own criteria and points will be awarded accordingly.
All entries will be closed by Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 23:59 hrs (GMT +8). . So start working on your entry today!
Entry Guidelines


Our panel of judges will evaluate all award submissions and have been chosen to represent a variety of expertise. After an initial review, judges may request for additional information from applicants. Once the second round of reviews are concluded, the judges will shortlist finalists who will be notified of their status.

The Placemaker Awards ASEAN 2021 Awards Ceremony will be hosted on 10th November 2021.

Imran Clyde
Co-organising Chairperson,
Placemaker Awards ASEAN

Founder, Nextdor Property Communications

Vice Chairperson,
Placemaking Malaysia

Hamdan Majeed
Co-organising Chairperson,
Placemaker Awards ASEAN

Managing Director,
Think City

Anne Lourdes
Co-organising Chairperson, Placemaker Awards ASEAN

Co- Founder, Nextdor Property Communications

Lee Jia Ping
Organising Secretary, Placemaker Awards ASEAN

Partner, Tempatico

Placemaking Malaysia

Hans Karssenberg

Partner, Stipo

Datin TPr. Hjh Mazrina Dato’ Abdul Khalid

Vice President, Malaysian Institute of Planners

Ethan Kent

Co-Director, PlacemakingX

Nani Kahar

Principal, LabDNA

Ahmad Jefri

Director of Garis Architects & AJC Planning Consultants Sdn Bhd

Michael Stott

Partner, Design and Strategy Lead, Isocarp

Dr. Dwinita Larasati

Co-Founder, Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF)

Rui Izumiyama

Assistant Professor, Nihon University Founder and Head-Editor, Sotonoba

Mardiana Rahayu

Chief Development Officer (CDO) at UEM Sunrise Berhad

Stella Gwee

Co-Founder. Director, Shophouse & Co

José Chong

Programme Management Officer at UN-Habitat



Interested in supporting the betterment of our urban public spaces? Talk to us.
Low Eeleen
Tel: +603 7865 6808
Mobile: +6017 402 5316
Email: eeleen@placemakerawards.com


Entry Submission & Enquiries
General: awards@placemakerawards.com

Danial Harris
Tel: +603 7865 6808
Mobile: +6017 261 8079
Email: danial@nextdor.com.my

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Best Placemaker in ASEAN?

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