April 4 & 5, 2013
“Placemaking” is an overarching idea and a hands-on tool for improving a neighborhood, city, or region. It has the potential to be one of the most transformative ideas of this century. -Metropolitan Planning Council
A two-day PPS training course, How to Turn a Place Around introduces new ways of thinking about public spaces and how Placemaking can be used to bring communities together and revitalize underperforming spaces.
Key issues that will be discussed in the “How to Turn a Place Around” training include strategies to best implement the Placemaking process, how to evaluate a place and translate that into a place-based vision and management program, and how to use concepts like the Power of 10 and Triangulation to revitalize a place, neighborhood, city or region.
Drawing upon our work in cities across the globe and our research on such issues, this training course will provide tools and case study examples of successful solutions that unlock both the social as well as economic potential of public spaces. Discussion sessions will also focus on the particular issues of participants.
Topics will include:
- The Placemaking Process and the Power of 10– Definition of the Placemaking Process and how it is different from traditional planning; how to use this process most effectively; qualities and benefits of great places and destinations; applying the Power of Ten idea to determine a vision for all scales of public spaces
- Engaging the Community - How to most effectively engage the community in the planning process; what to avoid and what tools to use
- Keys to Successfully Implementing Public Space Projects - Case studies from a variety of places throughout the world, both small and large, ranging from sidewalks to large scale public destinations
- Developing Campaigns – Working with local leadership, grassroots and public agencies to affect change in communities; how Placemaking can be applied to cross-cutting issues such as sustainability, health, diversity, and livability in making these changes
- Creating Public Multi Use Destinations - In the competitive global economy, great cities are becoming defined more and more by great multi-use destinations—lively, user-friendly squares, waterfronts, commercial streets, markets, or a combination of all of these.
- Building Community through Transportation - The planning and design of transportation networks and streets can be reshaped to encourage economic vitality, civic engagement, human health, and environmental sustainability, in addition to serving peoples’ mobility needs
- Public Markets and Local Economies - Public markets and farmers markets not only create dynamic community gathering places, but they can also spin off a myriad of other community benefits–from revitalizing downtowns, to bringing fresh, healthy food to low-income neighborhoods, to creating new business opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
- Architecture of Place - Will the “era of iconic design” transition to the “era of creating a sense of place”? With the idea of place at their core, cities could become more livable, sustainable and authentic and the design profession could be an important part of that process.
Who Should Attend:
The workshop is designed for professionals and non-professionals alike who help plan towns and cities—from landscape architects and real estate developers to park managers and community activists. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants in order to promote a close-knit environment that fosters a deep understanding of what makes public spaces function and of PPS’s innovative methods for analyzing them.
Training Course Host:
Project for Public Spaces, Inc. is a non-profit technical assistance, research, and educational organization. We complement our project work, training, and services with public space advocacy that sets the stage for broad change. Our goal is to enhance Placemaking efforts everywhere by promoting good policy and professional practice.
Your instructors for this course are:
- Fred Kent, PPS President and Founder who has led workshops across the globe on Placemaking and the revitalization of city spaces;
- Kathy Madden, PPS Senior Vice President and environmental designer who has directed research, design and training projects worldwide;
- and PPS senior staff, who will give specialized presentations throughout the workshop.
Training Course Location
The training course will take place in New York City at PPS’ new office at 419 Lafayette St, 7th Floor.
Training Course Cost
The registration fee covers breakfast and lunch on both days and a cocktail reception, along with educational materials. Enrollment in training courses also includes a PPS membership! You can view all the benefits of being a PPS member here.
Group registration (3 or more people): $450 per person
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