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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 / christina.lanzl@urbancultureinstitute.org
Robert Tullis AIA / rtullis@GID.com 

The Placemaking Network is part of the Urban Design Commission.

Upcoming Events

April 29, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Opportunities For Public Art Through Placemaking

Join Elizabeth Keithline and a diverse panel of regional leaders in the field of public art to participate in our April 29 BSA Placemaking Network roundtable on Opportunities For Public Art Through Placemaking. This will be an opportunity to learn more about current issues and trends in public art and creative placemaking. Bring your questions and contribute to an open dialogue moderated by Liz Keithline, artist, curator and Percent-for-Art administrator for the Rhode Island State Council On the Arts. She will be joined by Greg Cook, Director of Marketing & PR at the Cambridge Arts Council and author of the popular Wonderland blog; Stephanie Fortunato, Director of the City of Providence Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism; public artist Napoleon Jones-Henderson; Sarah Hutt, public art administrator for Boston’s Friends of the Public Garden and artist; and Anita Lauricella, public art programmer/curator for the Boston Downtown Improvement District. 

BSA Placemaking Network meetings are held at 290 Congress St., Suite 200 in Boston. We offer an informal, interactive environment, usually with pizza and libations. AIA continuing education credits are offered.

1.5 LU AIA credits are available.

Image: Pipe Hotel by Hiwa K at documenta 14 international art fair. Photo: Christina Lanzl

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May 20, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Process of Art in Architecture Over the past decades public artist Catherine Widgery has witnessed how the very idea of public art has been...

Updates

On June 24 at 6 p.m. join Greg Watson, Director for Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics...
On May 20 at 6pm join public artist Catherine Widgery at the BSA PIacemaking Network. Over the past decades she has...
Join Elizabeth Keithline and a diverse panel of regional leaders in the field of public art to participate in our April 29,...
Join Gregory Jenkins and the BSA Placemaking Network on March 25 at 6pm for his review of the work he accomplishes...
Join Clara Batchelor, Principal of CBA Landscape Architects, on Februry 25 at 6pm to share the stories of select connective...
Join Mike Igo of Aqueous Consultants, a sustainable water feature design expert, for our ...
On November 29 at 6pm, the Placemaking Network hosts its monthly free seminar at ABX, the annual conference at the...
Join us on Monday, October 22 at 6pm for The Hub on Causeway: Dynamic Placemaking on Hallowed Ground. Gensler has ...
Wendell Joseph, Neighborhood Planner in the Community Development Department of the City of Cambridge, and Michael Monestime...
Join us on May 21 at 6pm as we shine a spotlight on Beyond Walls, a placemaking project turned nonprofit. Originally, a...

Past Events

March 25, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Placemaking, Placekeeping and Ethnography: Placing Culture in the Public Realm Join Gregory Jenkins  for his review of the work he accomplishes...
February 25, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Intimate Public Spaces in Greater Boston: Landscape Architecture as Placemaking Join Clara Batchelor, Principal of CBA Landscape Architects, to share...
January 28, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Our Beloved Fountain: Making Water Features Sustainable Join Mike Igo of Aqueous Consultants, a sustainable water feature design expert, at our BSA...
October 22, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The HUB ON CAUSEWAY: Placemaking on hallowed ground

Gensler has designed and planned the now-under-construction 1.87 million sf vertical mixed-use HUB ON CAUSEWAY project around public activation and placemaking, focused on the 60-foot wide 200-foot-long, 120-foot tall retail gallery dubbed “Champions Row.” It directly connects North Station and T.D. Garden to Causeway Street and gives office tenants and hotel guests front-row seats to the action as commuters and fans pass through. Come hear JF Finn AIA, Gensler’s mixed-use Studio Director, talk about the placemaking considerations that they grappled with during the design of this important Boston development. JF will present the project and discuss the location and configuration of the glass-covered central piazza at its heart, the circulation routes through it, the surrounding uses, the location of entries and exits to the upper level uses that will help pulse office and residential folks into the spaces and onto the sidewalks, the associated complexity with core locations and parking, and all the bells and whistles (TV screens, sound systems, integration with TD Garden, etc.) that are designed to make THE HUB ON CAUSEWAY a happening place.

For those who qualify, 2 LUs are available.

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June 25, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Placemaking in Cambridge: How Cities and Local Business Communities Can Work Together Wendell Joseph, Neighborhood Planner in the Community...
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