Tag Archives: Placemaking

Growing Value through Creative Placemaking

A view of Monroe Street Market from the Metro station in Washington, DC (Credit: The Bozzuto Group)
Creative placemaking, led by arts and cultural considerations, helps shape not only the physical character of a place, but also its social character. Creative placemaking, done well, can deliver high value to its stakeholders, including the community, developers, and public and private partners, as evident in three very different real estate developments: a transit-oriented, mixed-use development project in Washington, D.C.; the redevelopment of a blighted building in San Francisco; and a neighborhood revitalization effort in Macon, Georgia. Read more... Read more

Rail~Volution Conference

Rail~Volution is the place to engage in discussions with change makers and influencers, share ideas and breakthroughs, frustrations and inspiration, about building livable communities with transit. Join the conference to connect and expand your network with leaders in the public transportation, transit-oriented development, placemaking and community development fields.October 9 – 12 in San Francisco, California. Learn more and register... Read more

Webinar: Placemaking is Economic Development

After years of economic decline, Michigan’s cities needed rebuilding, but officials knew they had to take a new approach if they wanted their communities to be economically sustainable. Recognizing the potential of placemaking to attract and retain talented workers and businesses, Michigan is using strategic placemaking (combining the tools of smart growth and new urbanism) to target places and accelerate revitalization. In this webinar, experts will explain how strategic placemaking and broad stakeholder participation is improving the quality and amount... Read more

Webinar: Integrating Art, Culture and Imagination into Walkability

This webinar will re-image various street fixtures and places together, and share examples on how underutilized or abandoned streets and spaces have been transformed into interactive parklets, Open Street events and pop-up events by incorporating the element of human interaction. Presenters will show you how adding music can change the way people respond to subway stairs, and many more examples of how adding “fun” to the streetscape can modify people’s behavior and encourage them to be more active. Register now... Read more

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA)

The Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island, is a past winner, for its adaptive reuse that created an industrial arts campus and small business incubator
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded. Projects must be a real place, not just a plan or a program, and be located in the... Read more

Vancouver Is Making Vibrant Public Spaces Out of Back Alleys

The West Hastings alley during a launch party (Credit: More Awesome Now)
Over 200 of Vancouver’s downtown blocks are bisected by an alleyway, but only one of those alleys — or “laneways” as Vancouverites call them — has a foosball court. As of last week, the alley that runs behind West Hastings Street between Seymour and Granville has been reimagined as a gathering space, the first of three alleys in a $200,000 pilot project. Responding to a need for more and more diverse public spaces, the West Hastings alley has been newly... Read more

Placemaking Week

At this event, hosted by the Project for Public Spaces, global change agents will gather for a series of events that will map the future of the placemaking movement. These discussions will take place at a critical moment, as Habitat III and COP21 set the stage for decades of dramatic change for cities. Thanks to the tireless efforts of advocates, the New Urban Agenda already emphasizes that strong public spaces are the foundation of this change. Now we need to... Read more
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