Assessing residents’ perceptions of urban placemaking prior to hosting a major cultural event

Nicholas Wise, Jelena Đurkin Badurina, Marko Perić

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    Purpose: More research is needed to consider residents’ perceptions prior to hosting large-scale events. This paper contributes new insight on residents’ perceptions of placemaking analysed by considering awareness, enthusiasm and participation prior to hosting a large-scale event. Placemaking is becoming increasingly important and this insight can help planners understand how locals perceive change and event planning preparations. Design/methodology/approach: 454 residents of Rijeka, Croatia completed a survey (seven-point Likert scale) of 17 placemaking principles, asked in three ways: (1) how you feel; (2) how you believe people near you feel and (3) if you feel that planning/preparing for ECoC 2020 has made a difference. The data analysis considers socio-demographics and the significance of awareness, enthusiasm and participation as factors affecting residents’ perceptions of placemaking. Findings: The study found respondents originally from Rijeka expressed statistically significant higher level of agreement. Where statistically significant differences exist, female respondents expressed statistically significant higher levels of agreement. For six statements, the distribution of results was not similar for all age groups. Awareness and enthusiasm seems to influence placemaking principles to a greater extent than participation in this study, but all have proven to have statistically significant positive impacts on the placemaking principles assessed. Practical implications: Planners need to focus on effective promotional activities aimed at awareness and enhance enthusiasm to help increase perceptions of placemaking and increase local quality of life. Originality/value: explores perceptions of “self” and “how others feel” by assessing principles of placemaking associated with the case of Rijeka. This allows researchers to explore understandings of how people perceive the attitudes of their fellow residents.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)51-69
    Number of pages19
    JournalInternational Journal of Event and Festival Management
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 19 2021


    • Placemaking
    • Regeneration
    • Residents’ perceptions
    • Self and others
    • Social impacts

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Business, Management and Accounting
    • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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