Project for Public Spaces is pleased to announce our newest addition to the team, Mary W. Rowe! Following six years in senior management at the Municipal Art Society of New York, Mary has joined PPS where she will serve as Senior Fellow and Producer of Placemaking Week—the major global convening that will take place this September in Vancouver, British Columbia.
An urbanist and civic entrepreneur, Mary’s career has involved creating local, national, and international learning networks of urban practitioners, and developing local innovations that foster livability and resilience. Throughout her extensive work with government, business, and civil society organizations, she has focused particularly on the ways a city's built environment shapes its economic, social, environmental and cultural performance. Her tenure in New York City follows five years of intense work in the recovering city of New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina, where she helped form the New Orleans Institute for Resilience and Innovation, a loose alliance of initiatives that emerged in response to the systemic collapses of 2005.
“I'm thrilled to join PPS,” said Rowe, “and to work with its Placemaking Leadership Council and many partners to ensure that place-led strategies prevail in the new urban agendas being developed around the world."
Placemaking Week is an important milestone on the road to Quito, which will host the United Nations Habitat III Conference this October—a monumental global summit that will set the strategy for urbanization over the next twenty years.