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Thursday, October 3 • 8:30am - 10:30am
Plenary Pt. 3

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Presented by Project for Public Spaces

PPS Introduction:
Philip Winn, Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
Jason Roberts, Chair, Better Block Foundation
Special guest to follow
Meg Walker, Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces

Panel: Human side of placemaking
Moderated discussion with Minouche Besters, Partner, STIPO Netherlands

Jay Pitter, Principal Placemaker, Jay Pitter Placemaking
“Public Spaces and Storytelling”
Keegan Aplin-Thane, Planner, Palmerston North City Council
“The New Zealand Approach: Creating Equitable Places Through the Adoption of Maori Values and Tikanga Maori”
Caleb Zigas, Executive Dishwasher, La Cocina
“Food Halls, Equity, Innovation”

Panel: Development side of placemaking
Moderated discussion with Jennifer Vey, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Ramon Marrades, Chief Strategy Officer, La Marina de Valencia
"Placemaking, Innovation and a Waterfront”
Lisa Middag, Director of Nicollet Activation, Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District
“Developing your BIDs equity practice”
Mariela Alfonzo, CEO & Founder, State of Place
“Safe By Design: Quantifying the Impact on Traffic Collision, Injury, and Fatality

PlacemakingX: A network for connecting and amplifying global impact
Ethan Kent, Senior Fellow, Project for Public Spaces


Jason Roberts

Founding Director, Better Block
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Philip Winn

Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
Philip Winn is a Vice President at Project for Public Spaces and core team member for the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program. He has helped develop, design, manage, and implement multiple “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” projects at PPS including Belle Isle Summer Saturdays... Read More →
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Minouche Besters

Managing Partner, STIPO
Minouche Besters is partner and urbanist at STIPO team for Urban Development. She is an experienced designer and facilitator of collective processes.
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Meg Walker

Senior Vice President, PPS
Besides being a Senior VP at Project for Public Spaces, Meg is an Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute's Graduate Program in Urban Placemaking and Management and a Visiting Professor at Bauhaus University in Germany this fall. Over her fifteen years at PPS, she has worked with dozens... Read More →
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Caleb Zigas

Executive Dishwasher, La Cocina
Caleb was not the founder of La Cocina. Instead, he begged his way in, starting as a volunteer in 2005, the week that the organization opened their doors. That's both a personal testament to the power of volunteerism as well as an appreciation for the hard work of grassroots organizations... Read More →
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Mariela Alfonzo

CEO/Founder, State of Place
Dr. Mariela Alfonzo is the Founder of State of Place, an urban data analytics platform that helps placemakers identify and economically justify optimal urban design, planning, and development projects that create thriving places people love.
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Ramon Marrades

Chief Strategy Officer, La Marina de València
Ramon is an urban economist and activist turned a creative bureaucrat and placemaker. He is currently the chief strategy officer at La Marina de València, Valencia’s waterfront redevelopment agency and a board member of the Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP). Ramon is co-editor... Read More →
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Lisa Middag

Director of Nicollet Activation, Mpls Downtown Improvement District
I’m an urban planner with a background in the arts who collaborates with communities to support sustainable, vibrant, and walkable public spaces through creative placemaking and community development. I was hired in early 2017 to develop a framework for activation along Nicollet... Read More →
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Keegan Aplin-Thane

Planner, Palmerston North City Council

Jay Pitter

Principal Placemaker, Jay Pitter Placemaking
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Ethan Kent

Senior Fellow, Project for Public Spaces
Ethan Kent works to support Placemaking organizations, projects, and leadership around the world, to build a global placemaking movement that builds systemic change towards place-led urbanization. During over 20 years at Project for Public Spaces, Ethan has traveled to more than 900... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am EDT
Walker Theater