Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build strong communities. We are the central hub of the global placemaking movement, connecting people to ideas, resources, expertise, and partners who see place as the key to addressing our greatest challenges.
Our pioneering placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation, and serve common needs.
Transforming Places: We help communities and cities shape their future through individual public spaces and broad placemaking campaigns.
Building the Placemaking Movement: We convene, amplify and build the capacity of the placemaking movement globally and locally.
Campaigning for Systemic Change: We make the case for placemaking and engage with like-minded people and movements to influence policies, disciplines, hearts and minds.
We are funded through our fee-for-service work with communities in the US and abroad, grants from foundations and corporations, and the support of individual placemaking advocates around the world.
PPS was founded in 1975 to expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. We have since completed projects in more than 3,500 communities in over 50 countries and all 50 U.S. states and we are the premier center for best practices, information, and resources on placemaking.
Academic Coordinator of Urban Placemaking Management, Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
(New York, NY, USA)
Executive Director, National Association of Neighborhoods (Washington, DC, USA)
Former Executive Director, Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority
(Dayton, OH, USA)
President, Community Investment Corporation (Austin, TX, USA)
Principal, September Architects (Capetown, South Africa)
Former Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
(New York, NY, USA)
Former Director, UN-Habitat, New York Office (Mexico City, Mexico)
Chief Operating Officer, Rhône Group LLC (New York, NY, USA)
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