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2017 Fall Seminar Schedule

Announcing the Placemaking Network fall 2017 seminar series, view and download the series poster!
For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

Registration opens soon. Please email with questions.


Creating a Place to Swim in the Charles River
September 25, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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)


The Placemaking Manifesto: A Public Discussion
October 23, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Placemaking is about sense of place. Everybody––people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities––can participate in creating successful public places. Everyone can serve the agenda of excellence in design, healthy communities and thriving neighborhoods. Our built environment is a common good that comes alive through an understanding of how humans instinctively relate to space, design leadership that leverages it, and activity programming that capitalizes on it.

The BSA Placemaking Network celebrates its 10-year anniversary with the release of the Placemaking Manifesto. Celebrate the Manifesto launch and a conversation soliciting community input with the co-authors, Christina Lanzl, Robert Tullis AIA and Anne-Catrin Schultz at the BSA Space on October 23, 6-7:30pm. Christine Dunn AIA, Principal at Sasaki and BSA Board Director at Large, will moderate.

Placemaking through Sound and Light
November 20, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us as Ryan EdwardsMaria Finkelmeier, and Sam Okerstrom-Lang of Masary Studios discuss their practice of reimagining place thru sound, light, performance and video projection-mapping. Recognizing the inherent and universal vocabulary of composition in architecture, music, and animation, Masary looks to reconsider urban public spaces through their work. The unique sonic, social and geometric qualities of any given site and the opportunity to expand the public’s relationship to these elements going forward is at the heart of their practice. 


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