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

 

Past Conferences:

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012: Pro Place

Long Beach, California on Monday, September 10 – Thursday, September 13, 2012

 

8th International Public Markets Conference

Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23 2012

Waterfront Synopsis Conference

Stavanger, Norway – September 2010

“Waterfront Synopsis” focused on the topic of Placemaking and Sustainability, bringing the forces of environmentalism, climate change, and sustainability together with the ideas of community, livability, health and Placemaking.  Many people around the world are realizing the impacts of “Place” and “Placemaking” as a transformative agenda for creating change in cities.

The goal of the conference was for participants to learn about waterfront developments that create a sense of place, strategies to incorporate local entrepreneurs into projects, and how developers and city agencies can work together more effectively to implement a common vision. The intent was to provide practical ideas for people who want to “do” and not just “talk.”

For the full summary report from the Conference, click here.

International Public Market Conferences.

San Francisco, CA – April 2009

PPS hosted the 7th International Public Market Conference in San Francisco, CA in April 2009. 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.
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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.