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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

January 23, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wharf District Public Realm Vision One of the oldest and most historically significant waterfronts in New England, the Downtown Waterfront is at the...
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...
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...


Announing the Placemaking Network winter seminar series, view and download the series poster! Registration opens soon;...
PLACEMAKING NETWORK: 2016 FALL SEMINARS MONDAY NIGHTS 6-8 PM - SAVE THE DATES September 26, 6:00 pm The Biometrics of...
To view the Placemaking Network Fall Flyer, click here.
To download the flyers, click on the attached links.
Kennedy Plaza Transformed Providence’s civic plaza and transit hub is re‐imagined as a vibrant urban gathering place...
Creating distinct urban places that promote social interaction and increase value The choices of office workers, tenants,...
CHECK OUT OUR GREAT FALL SEMINARS.  Click on the title link above to see our flyer.
Christina Lanzl, longtime chair of the BSA’s Placemaking Network and co-founder of the group has announced her...

Past Events

November 7, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Value of Light in Urban Placemaking A distinguished panel, moderated by Todd Lee FAIA of Light Boston, will discuss the principles...
October 24, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Big Data for Small Places Supernormal is a design and planning practice that uses data to inform and improve urban development outcomes. Elizabeth...
September 26, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Biometrics of Placemaking: why we need buildings to see us Three speakers, Ann Sussman AIA, co-author of Cognitive Architecture together with...
June 20, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Creating Vibrant Public Places- The Role of Programming & Management

Dan Biederman, president of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures and head of the Bryant Park Corporation and the 34th Street Partnership, is responsible for the renovation of Bryant Park in NYC and its operation as America’s best-used, privately managed public park. In Boston, he has led the renovation of the Brewer Fountain Plaza in the Boston Common, the programming upgrades at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and currently oversees events and sponsorships for Equity Office Properties at South Station and consults with MIT on their east campus gateway and Kendall Square Initiatives.

For those who qualify, 2 LUs are available

May 16, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

As more cities become aware of the benefits associated with the creation of well programmed public open spaces, a variety of program elements and improvements are being incorporated into today’s parks. Formulating such an open space requires an understanding of culture, connectivity, stewardship and community. Jereck Boss ASLA, principal, and Cody Klein ASLA, vice president, from The Office of James Burnett (OJB) will present four case study parks that are shaping this new "American Green".

For those who qualify, 2 LUs are available

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