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Wednesday, October 2 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Aligning Public Policy and Participatory Action: Sustaining Placemaking Initiatives for the Long-Term

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The terms place-making, place making and placemaking are regularly used with infrequent qualification as to meaning and application (and sometimes intentionally so). City officials tend to insert place making as a planning objective guiding design-led new development and regeneration. While Project for Public Spaces, the major player in giving structure and process to the art of Placemaking would say, all place making practice should be participatory, this has not always been the way Placemaking has been practiced. This is changing. Recent initiatives of a global movement of community organisations, NGOs, professionals and academics increasingly advocate community-led processes and outcomes that lead to better public spaces. The collective impact of a number of local projects instigated and/or implemented by local groups can change the way people in a city think about their public spaces, but is there a diminishing return once the “freshness” of a placemaking policy or a placemaking action has worn off? 

This panel will examine the initiatives taken in a few cities to create such mechanisms that include both a perspective on place making (planning policy) and placemaking (participatory action). The moderators will consistently engage speakers and the audience to examine the potential impact and costs of each mechanism.

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Gary Toth

Executive Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
Gary Toth has helped to lead a national movement to integrate land use and transportation issues as a means to creating more livable, walkable communities and streets. During his 34 years of project management experience with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Gary... Read More →
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Marisa Denker

Director, Connect the Dots
All about co-creation - at our firm Connect the Dots we have developed a unique process for co-designing civic engagement processes to ensure they are equitable, engaging, and inclusive - and achieve meaningful impact.
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Wessel Badenhorst

Director, Urban Mode
Based in Dublin, Ireland, I work mostly with small cities in Europe on projects and themes to increase or maintain vitality which includes helping stakeholders working together to make their cities more liveable and attractive.
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Douwe Dijkstra

Chairman, Heerlen Mijn Stad
Douwe M. Dijkstra, chairman of the Foundation Heerlen Mijn Stad. The city centre organisation of Heerlen in the most southern province of the Netherlands. An experienced social entrepreneur, manager, former vice president in business and chairman with a demonstrated history of working... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm EDT
Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Hall