Place Governance innovator Peter Smith

Join us at our offices this Thursday, September 5th, beginning at 6:00 PM for a discussion with one of the world’s great Placemaking leaders, Adelaide, Australia CEO Peter Smith.

Peter is pioneering the application of Placemaking to all dimensions of municipal government in Adelaide, Australia. He is seeding a bold city-wide culture and organizational shift with a “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” program called Splash Adelaide, which is having a very visible impact on the public realm and peoples’ perception of how it can be shaped. They are now further integrating Placemaking into governance by piloting “Place Capital” metrics and “place audits” to track success of holistic outcomes and integrate responsibility for Placemaking with communities. The long-term goal is to shift more place governance capacity, and responsibility, to the district level, and make citywide government leaner in the process.

Peter sees this shift to a focus on Place Capital as a means to greater place attachment and a more resilient city. Peter came to NYC a few years ago and was inspired by the work of the NYC Street Renaissnace Campaign and the Public Plaza Program it spawned, adapting it to his Splash Adelaide program. PPS has since been working with Adelaide, doing Placemaking training and strategic planning, and is now working with Peter to bring the lessons learned together around the world.

As part of this global effort, Peter has joined the steering committee for our Future of Places partnership with UN Habitat and the Swedish Ax:son Johnson Foundation, where he is helping us to apply Place Governance models internationally, with a focus on developing countries.

Peter Smith has been generously supporting PPS’s Placemaking Leadership Council, and gave a presentation on Adelaide’s shift to a “place-led” Place Governance strategy for our Detroit Meeting:


Peter has also helped run the the Australasia network of Place Leaders and is about to become its chairman to help it further lead the Placemaking movement in that region of the world.  In collaboration with the Place Leaders Association, Peter will be hosting a Placemaking Leadership Council meeting for the Australasia region in Adelaide this February during their Fringe Festival (the 2nd largest to Edinburgh’s!). He is also spearheading Adelaide’s hosting of the Velo-City conference in April 2014 that will include a track on Placemaking with many global leaders including NYC transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn.

Please join us to discuss with Peter the further application of Placemaking to Place Governance in NYC and beyond:

6:00 PM Reception
6:30-7:30 PM Presentation & discussion

419 Lafayette Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003






Place Governance with Adelaide CEO Peter Smith was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by Project for Public Spaces