Building a Placemaking movement necessitates active exchanges that transcend disciplines. PPS conferences are forums for precisely that type of exchange.

There are no upcoming conferences at this time.

International Public Market Conferences

  • San Francisco, CA – April 2009

    This past Spring, PPS hosted the 7th International Public Market Conference in San Francisco, CA. First class speakers from the Bay Area, the US, and around the world were on hand to deliver lectures, workshops, and breakout sessions, share wisdom gained from their years dedicated to the movement, and encourage participants to creatively respond to today’s and tomorrow’s emerging challenges. For more information, click here.

  • Washington DC – October 2005

    “Great Markets/Great Cities” was held from October 28-31, 2005 in Washington DC. Over 250 people participated in the three day event, which brought together community advocates, accomplished market managers and visionary leaders in a unique opportunity to explore the changing forces that are shaping the face of public markets – now and in the future.

  • New York City – November 2002

    Project for Public Spaces’ 5th International Public Market Conference was held in November 2002 in New York City. Previous markets conferences were held in Seattle, Vancouver, New Orleans, and Venice.

Great Parks/Great Cities (through The Urban Parks Institute)

  • New York City – July 2003

    The last “Great Parks, Great Cities” conference was held in New York City, in July, 2003. It was the eighth annual conference run by Project for Public Spaces. The conference brought together the most influential leaders from 100 cities in 12 countries to highlight the significance of parks and open spaces in urban revitalization — and to celebrate the 150th aniversary of Central Park.

  • London – 2004

    After many successful parks conferences in the U.S., Project for Public Spaces held the 2004 Great Parks/Great Cities conference in London with our partner GreenSpace, a British not-for-profit that helps those committed to the planning, design, management and use of public parks and open spaces. The conference gave civic leaders an up-close look at the unique situation in Britain, where the government is supporting a renaissance of parks and green spaces through a wide range of initiatives and programs.

    GreenSpace’s experience and broad network of partners provided conference-goers with an insider’s view of London’s greatest parks and the exciting changes taking place throughout the city. The conference also provoked a lively dialogue between U.S. and international leaders: Americans picked up fresh ideas firsthand from an international community, and British, European, and other participants from across the globe learned about the unique variety of public/private partnerships that have evolved in the States.