Dún Laoghaire's beautiful harbor is one of its main attractions. Photo: William Murphy via Flickr.

In conjunction with the “Place Making Place Branding” conference in Ireland (March 6-7, 2012), PPS is offering a special two-day training program, “How to Turn a Place Around in Ireland” on March 8 and 9.

The conference will be held at the Royal Marine Hotel and the training will be held in the County Hall in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. It’s designed to help decision-makers, activists, and others who work at the local level to improve the places where they work and live.

The training program will include presentations by PPS President Fred Kent, Senior Vice President Kathy Madden, and PPS Director of Transportation Initiatives Gary Toth. It will also feature an on-site “place evaluation” exercise and interactive discussions about critical public space issues facing cities of every size.

Dún Laoghaire (or Dún Laoire, sometimes anglicised as “Dunleary”) is a seaside town in County Dublin, about 12 kilometers south of Dublin, at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It is a popular tourist spot well-known for its vast selection of activities, its brightly painted villas, its parks and palm trees, its many restaurants and pubs, and the view of the sea from the walk along the piers.

“How to Turn a Place Around in Ireland” will introduce new ways of thinking about public spaces and how Placemaking can be used to bring communities together and revitalize underperforming spaces. Participants will explore the principles of making places through presentations, case studies of public space innovations, on-site evaluation and interactive discussions of critical issues and challenges. Discussion sessions will focus on the particular issues of participants.

Topics include: why public multi-use destinations are the best attractors of downtown activity; using public markets as generators of local economies; implementing an architecture of place strategy; and building community through transportation. Transportation issues will be explored in a special “Streets as Places” session which will focus on how to rebalance the transportation system for people versus vehicles. It will give participants insight into the parameters and thought processes of decision-makers who plan streets, and provide tools for evaluating streets and working with designers.

Drawing on PPS’s work in cities across the globe, this training course will provide case study examples of successful solutions that unlock both the social as well as economic potential of public spaces.

For more information and to register, click here, or email cwang@pps.org.

Photo: William Murphy via Flickr.

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