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Tune In: Redefining Placemaking for Inclusive Communities


“In today’s day and age, people seem to be busier than ever, with packed agendas, competing priorities, and limited attention spans. So how do you get them to slow down, embrace the moment, and enjoy themselves enough to visit your space again?” — NINE dot ARTS

It’s a compelling question we ask ourselves all the time at EDENS. How does placemaking go from the status quo to creating welcoming spaces that feel like home?

EDENS’ Emalia Tamanikwa and Jules Hislop teamed up recently with Martha McGee, CEO and Co-Founder of Denver-based NINE dot ARTS to talk about enriching community through mixed-use development.


When we are designing these places, we want to ensure we are not just offering convenience but we’re also trying to trigger emotive appeal. And then, of course, have the open spaces where we are fostering connectivity and cultivating energy.

Jules Hislop Development Associate, EDENS

You hear developers say they are placemaking. For me, this is more place-keeping, and honoring a neighborhood’s rich history and energy in enhancing it.

Emalia Tamanikwa Development Director, EDENS

Emalia and Jules also discuss two active EDENS projects including Lulah Hills in North DeKalb County, Atlanta, and the Duke District in Washington, DC. Additionally, they dive into the state of retail development post-Covid, underscoring the importance of creating vibrant, inclusive spaces that combat isolation and promote human connection.

Tune into the conversation to learn how our company’s disciplined approach and entrepreneurial spirit has helped drive success despite market challenges, achieving authentic destinations where communities can thrive.