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Tuesday, October 1 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Short Talks: Placemaking for Youth and Play

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A Short Talk session is 5-7 single presenters, presenting for roughly 7 minutes, on a topic relating to a overarching theme. Led by a facilitator, with a Q and A once all of the presentations have finished, these talks will provide attendees with a collection of stories, case studies, and projects related to specific aspects of placemaking.

This session's topic is: Placemaking for Youth and Play. All talk titles from all presenters to be listed here by September.

  • Shanna McKinnon- Re-Play: Re-imagining Downtown's Underutilized Spaces to Promote Play
  • Jenn Beideman - Resident driven Placemaking for Urban Play, Lessons Learned from Rochester, New York
  • Sharon Welch - Placemaking in Tepito, Mexico: Promoting Equity in Regions Experiencing Extreme Social and Structural Decay
  • Ryan Swanson - Playable cities: Why it matters in today's society
  • Leigh Ann Von Hagen - Empowering Youth through Placemaking
  • Tina Govan - Free-Range Kids in the City
  • Nidhi Gulati - Public space on wheels: kids on public transit

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Nidhi Gulati

Program Manager, Project for Public Spaces
Nidhi manages the Transportation program at Project for Public Spaces, drawing on her training as an architect and urban researcher to lead placemaking projects and outreach that transforms streets into community assets.Since rejoining Project for Public Spaces in 2018, Nidhi has... Read More →
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Leigh Ann Von Hagen

Senior Researcher, Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
Leigh Ann Von Hagen AICP, PP is a Senior Researcher at the Voorhees Transportation Center and Planning Healthy Communities Initiative at Rutgers University. Leigh Ann’s work focuses on developing sustainable transportation and land use solutions for communities.  She addresses... Read More →
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Tina Govan

Founding Principal, SOMOS design
As an architect and mother, Tina has been a strong advocate for creating accessible urban places that are friendly to all ages. She is principal of her own firm in Raleigh, NC, working with collaborative teams of socially-minded designers on projects that connect people to each other... Read More →
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Shanna McKinnon

Urban and Landscape Designer, Shanna McKinnon
I am a born and raised Edmontonian with a passion for creating and revitalizing public spaces. I have worked in the fields of landscape architecture and urban design for over 13 years and live in the core of Edmonton with my husband and two young children.
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Jenn Beideman

Advocacy Manager, Common Ground Health
Jenn provides expertise on advocacy opportunities to advance whole child health in our region. A Canadian native, Jenn brings to the position over 15 years of experience in policy research and government relations from a variety of settings. She currently leads several campaigns across... Read More →
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Ryan Swanson

Founder / CEO, The Urban Conga
Ryan Swanson is the founder of The Urban Conga, a multidisciplinary design firm that promotes community activity and social interaction through open-ended play for all. They achieve this by creating interactive installations and environments that spark creativity, exploration and... Read More →
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Sharon Welch

Urbanist, Lugares Públicos
Sharon Welch is an urbanist at Lugares Públicos, a Mexico City-based placemaking firm, and a resident artist at ATEA. She focuses on creating connections between communities and their public spaces and has worked for the past three years on urban interventions to improve children’s... Read More →

Tuesday October 1, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm EDT
Palace Theater