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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

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.


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

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

April 25, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for a thought-provoking and inspiring discussion with Michael Mehaffy, author of Design for a Living Planet, who will be joined by Jennifer Light, MIT professor of science, technology and society, and author of The Nature of Cities. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Committee on Resilient Environments (CORE), the Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the Foundation for Modern Architecture

For those who qualify, 1.5 LUs are available

February 22, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Creating a Retail and Restaurant Row What does it take to convert a little-used street into a vibrant retail & restaurant row? What are the...
January 25, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Concept of Layering in Architecture and Placemaking Anne-Catrin Schultz, author of Carlo Scarpa—Layers (2015) and Asst. Professor of...
December 7, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Urban Innovation Gallery: A Report from the Field Sam Aquillano, Executive Director of Design Museum Boston, will report on the ongoing...
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