In November 2009, Project for Public Spaces provided a collaborative training for Regina, Saskatchewan’s Departmentof Highways and Transportation and Department of Planning and Sustainability. Local officials engaged PPS after identifying the need for greater coordination between land use and transportation planning as part of an effort to advance each department’s work through a holistic vision for the city.In advance of our visit, PPS created a survey for training participants that focused on existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This survey framed our discussion throughout the training. We began by discussing the survey results to assess the city at a macro-scale. PPS then provided principles and benchmark images from around the world for transportation and public space improvement strategies. Trainees subesquently participated in PPS’s Place Game to begin to understand how Placemaking can be applied to a specific project. On Day Two of the training, PPS gave more specialized presentations on transportation and public space planning.
These sessions provided insights between the departments that opened new lines of communication and envisioned new possibilities for collaboration. With this new mindset, trainees then worked together to identify solutions for overcoming the barriers acknowledged in the initial survey. The remainder of the day was spent determining next steps and strategies for continuing to integrate Placemaking into the trainees’ daily duties as well as thinking more holistically and collaboratively about project implementation.
Transit is a component, but by no means the extent, of your experience at a station that is a place. Memorable and enjoyable stations and stops that create value for neighborhoods are perfectly attainable. In fact, a transit station or stop can serve much more than a transportation function; it can be a setting for community interaction, a place that fosters a diversity of activities.