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Welcome to the BSA’s Placemaking Network! We are dedicated to interdisciplinary dialogue and education about an integrated public realm. Programs include monthly seminars and project-based initiatives on the subject of Placemaking. Presentations by noted speakers and discussions focus on what makes public spaces successful. We examine how architects, landscape designers, urban planners, artists and public officials work together to create great public places, to turn space into place.

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Committee Co-chairs
Christina Lanzl PhD /
Robert Tullis AIA / 

The Placemaking Network is part of the Urban Design Commission.

Upcoming Events

September 25, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Creating a Place to Swim in the Charles River

The Charles River Conservancy has been advocating for more active, attractive and accessible parklands along the Charles River for years, and this advocacy has included the topic of swimming in the Charles. The Conservancy identified areas of potential swimming facilities and reached out to the skill-based volunteer program at Stantec for help in assessing the feasibility of building a swimming area. This study was an initial step in a new program of community service for Stantec professionals. Stantec’s Boston office piloted a program through which designers and engineers volunteered their professional skills to assist non-profit organizations on community-based projects. 

The panel will discuss the collaboration between Stantec and the Conservancy, aftermath of the feasibility study, current and future plans for the Swimmable Charles project. Panelists: Jennifer Gilbert (Board of Directors, Charles River Conservancy), Audrey Cropp (Stantec Project Coordinator), Thu Ngan Han, Adam Fearing and Kevin Beuttell (Stantec team members)

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

Image: Stantec, Boston

November 20, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Past Events

June 26, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The New Urban Farm at the Historic Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, Mattapan The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm is a vacant and distressed Boston Landmark with...
May 22, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Jamaica Plain Porchfest: A place-based celebration of community The activation of place is a central concern of placemaking. Jamaica Plain...
April 24, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Boston's Creek Square and Siena's Piazza del Campo: Placemaking Potential and Realization What do these two very dissimilar spaces have in...
March 27, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Congress Square/Quaker Lane Redevelopment Construction is underway on Related Beal’s and Arrowstreet’s additions and renovations to six...
February 27, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Public Art and Placemaking in Portland Maine: Collaboration is the Key Portland, Maine looks and feels different than it did a decade ago. As the...
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