As more people digest the importance of sustainable living, conversations have often revolved around how to transform office buildings and homes, transportation habits and the choices that individuals make on the everyday basis. But, what about comprehensive strategies to use public space and green networks in creating truly sustainable cities – cities which have a reduced impact on the environment, which cope better with the consequences of global climate change and where people want to live and work? PPS is co-sponsoring Great Places, Great Cities 2009, a two-day conference that turns the question of sustainability towards public spaces this June 4-5 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Hosted by PPS’ partner Greenspace Scotland, the conference will engage attendees from around the world. Greenspace Scotland is an independent charitable company working with a wide range of national and local partners to improve the quality of life of people living and working in urban Scotland through the planning, development and sustainable management of urban spaces. Greenspace has been a strong partner in advancing the principles of Placemaking throughout Scotland. In 2007, the organization became a PPS licensee and now has a group of Placemaking Associates trained to implement projects throughout the country under the Placemaking Scotland initiative. Pilot projects have included Clyde Square in Greenock, Prince’s Street Gardens in Edinburgh, and Waterfront Park and Promenade in Girvan.

Great Places, Great Cities 2009 will feature a robust program of themed presentations, study tours, workshops and a range of keynote speakers, including PPS representatives. The wide range of topics will include discussions on green infrastructure, transforming cities through people-focused spaces, the role of civic leaders and communities in delivering sustainable cities and more. Keynote speakers include David Sim of Gehl Architects, Howard Frumkin MD and Miquela Craytor from Sustainable South Bronx.

The conference will take place in and around Glasgow City Chambers. Click here to view the conference program.