MP4 is a European partnership project that focuses on innovative approaches for planning and designing, maintaining and using private and public open spaces.
MP4 stands for ‘Making Places Profitable, Public and Private Open Spaces’. It is funded through the European Union Interreg IVB programme for the North Sea Region. The nine project partners in six countries demonstrated how ‘place-making’, which is improving open spaces, can offer positive social and economic benefits.
Towards the end of the project the emphasis moved towards ‘place-keeping’, which is the long-term sustainable maintenance of open spaces. Place-keeping is crucial if the investment in place-making and its associated benefits are to be protected.