COVID-19: The Recovery will Happen in Public Space
Our Mission
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.

What is Placemaking?

"Cities fail and succeed at the scale of human interaction."
"When you focus on place, you do everything differently."
"Placemaking takes more skills than any one discipline can offer."
"The community is the expert!"

How PPS driveS Change

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.

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Our History

40+ years of making places

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.

Our Team

We are a cross-disciplinary team That shares a passion for Public spaces.


Academic Coordinator of Urban Placemaking Management, Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
(New York, NY, USA)

Ricardo Byrd (Secretary)

Executive Director, National Association of Neighborhoods (Washington, DC, USA)

Benjamin de la Peña

Former Chief of Strategy and Innovation, Seattle Department of Transportation (Seattle, WA, USA)

Kimberly C. Driggins

Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy (Washington D.C., USA)

David Koren

Director of Marketing, Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects (New York, NY, USA)

Jennifer Vickers

President, Community Investment Corporation (Austin, TX, USA)

Jon Zagrodzky

Chief Operating Officer, Rhône Group LLC (New York, NY, USA)

Contact Us

GENERAL INQUIRIES | 212.620.5660

For project inquiries: Evalynn Rosado, Director of Marketing & Business Development:

For media inquiries:


740 Broadway, Suite 1101
New York, NY 10003

Job Opportunities & Internships

Zealous about the future of public space?
We Want You!

Don't see a job opening that fits your skills? You are welcome to send us your resume, along with writing samples or portfolio at

COVID-19: The Recovery will Happen in Public Space