Apr 3, 2018

Indoor-Outdoor Relationships


It is no secret that Greenville, SC has a great downtown. When people want to go downtown just to sit along the sidewalk, you know you have arrived at "placemaking". In this case, all of Main Street is a destination. Within that destination are many other destinations.


As we think about placemaking, we need to give strong consideration to streets and sidewalks as opportunities.


An indoor-outdoor relationship is a design tool that can help achieve an interesting dynamic on the street. In an urban environment, it is when a business-restaurant/retail, or other opens a side of the building to the street or a

courtyard. There are minimal walls, or permanent windows to impede the inside environment from spilling into the street The transition between inside and out becomes seamless, offering a more welcoming, and active gathering spot. These places often become destinations. Encouraging this type of design in applicable future development can be very beneficial for placemaking.


This is a picture of a popular restaurant in downtown Greenville.

New Posts
  • Rock Hill Econ Dev
    Jun 19

    On March 14th, Project for Public Spaces (PPS) hosted a 2 day workshop in the Gettys Courtroom, where RHEDC, community members, Placemaking team members, and city staff came together to identify placemaking opportunities in Knowledge Park. We participated in several group exercises, did a walking tour of downtown, and created concept placemaking maps for 5 specific locations. PPS then created a Placemaking Master Plan in the following weeks, designed to activate underutilized spaces in Knowledge Park that will attract knowledge workers, businesses, residents, and visitors. More information about PPS:
  • mjones
    Jun 14, 2018

    I ran across this over the weekend - while this particular initiative is to increase diversity in the food industry, I thought the concept was pretty cool and perhaps even doable in Rock Hill.
  • cathy.murphy
    Jun 6, 2018