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Reimagining Streets as Places

Virtual Training, Fall 2020
Date & TIME

Thursday, October 22, 2020

12:00 am


12:00 am

Course Session Dates

  • Session 1 - Monday, October 5, 2020 10:30-12:30 p.m. ET
  • Session 2 - Monday, October 12, 2020 10:30-12:30 p.m ET
  • Session 3 - Monday, October 19, 2020 10:30-12:30 p.m. ET

Optional Course Dates

  • Open Office Hour - Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET
  • Open Office Hour - Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET
  • Networking Session - Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET
  • Private Coaching (additional fee) - Within the month of October 2020 a limited number of discounted private coaching sessions with either Project for Public Spaces or Mobycon will be offered for an additional per-hour fee. See Course Perks and the Registration page for additional details.

Course Description

CM Credits: 12 | AICP Event ID: #9204636

Project for Public Spaces is teaming up with Dutch mobility firm Mobycon to present “Reimagining Streets as Places,” a virtual masterclass-style training about the intersection of placemaking and transportation planning. The course will take place over three weeks in October 2020, and upon successful completion participants will be awarded a Streets as Places Certificate.

This multi-day training will be designed to support new and emerging professionals who work in transportation, as well as those who advocate for safe, multi-modal street systems and a lively and welcoming public realm. Through virtual learning sessions and assignments, participants will learn the essentials for systematically changing transportation infrastructure and behavior, preparing community-based street activations, and balancing the movement and public space functions of a street.

Topics will include:

  • Placemaking concepts and practice - Engaging with a community process for making streets into active public spaces
  • Human-centered design principles - Systems level thinking for more people-friendly streets
  • Street typologies - Evaluating streets and learning how to adapt approaches for different street functions
  • Designing for flexibility and life in the streets - Adapting lessons from Dutch mobility tactics to your local context
  • Working across sectors - Learning how to communicate and collaborate with various types of partners and stakeholders
  • Implementation tactics - Exploring tactics for quick street interventions and enduring infrastructure projects
  • Sustaining Streets as Places - Integrating place management to meet long-term goals and ongoing growth
  • Impactful case studies - Reviewing example techniques that led to real community change
  • Engagement exercises - Testing out sample engagement and evaluation tools and activities

The course will provide the opportunity to earn a Streets as Places Certificate upon completion of the full set of training sessions and course commitments. Please see below for those course requirements, as well as the perks that you will receive in return for your purchase and commitment to the course.

Course Commitments

  • Three training sessions - Sessions will be hosted for two hours in total, with the first 90 minutes being required participation, and the last 30 minutes offering an optional deep dive into particular topics, such as adapting streets for COVID-19.
  • Weekly homework assignments - Assignments will build upon each other and will take participants through a full street-focused placemaking process. Each assignment will be designed to take roughly 20-30 minutes to complete.

Course Perks

  • Course Workbook - A single PDF handout for course and assignment instructions, space for note taking, and the inclusion of additional helpful resources.
  • Peer Learning - The format of the course will include opportunities to engage with fellow participants around course topics and your own work and project stories, including an optional networking session.
  • Optional “Office” Hours - Between sessions there will be opportunities to connect with Project for Public Spaces and Mobycon staff to ask questions about the previous session and the current homework assignment.
  • Certificate - A special recognition for completing all of the required course commitments that you can add to your resume. The course development team will also be reviewing the possibility of additional professional accreditation opportunities, and will provide an update if those become available.
  • Discounted Private Coaching (Additional Fee) - For those specific questions or projects that need more one-on-one advising than office hours provide, both Project for Public Spaces and Mobycon are pleased to offer private coaching sessions at a discounted rate for Streets as Places training participants. The number of private sessions will be limited and will be offered for an additional per-hour fee beyond the price of registration. These will be scheduled within the course training month of October 2020.

Core Facilitators & Speakers

  • Mary Elbech, Integrated Mobility Consultant, Mobycon
  • Nidhi Gulati, Senior Director of Programs & Projects, Project for Public Spaces
  • Eveline de Jong, Mobility Advisor, Mobycon
  • Lennart Nout, Urban Mobility Design Specialist, Mobycon
  • Laura Torchio, Director of Education, Project for Public Spaces
  • Shaylee Zaugg, Senior Associate, Project for Public Spaces

Guest Presenters

  • Melissa Bruntlett, International Communications Specialist, Mobycon
  • Marisa Denker, Director, Connect the Dots
  • Johan Diepens, Founder and CEO, Mobycon
  • Skye Duncan, Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative, NACTO
  • Mike Lydon, Principal, Street Plans
  • Gary Toth, Senior Placemaker, Project for Public Spaces
  • Lindsey Wallace, Director of Strategic Projects and Design Services, National Main Street Center
  • Emily Weidenhof, Director of Public Space, NYC DOT

If you have any questions about this training course or registration, please contact


The scholarship application deadline for this training has passed. We will notify all those who applied of their status by September 21. Please note that we will only consider applicants that can demonstrate financial hardship.

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