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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

January 29, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Community Placekeeping and Preserving Neighborhood Identity

Much placemaking activity currently occurs in gentrifying neighborhoods and there is great debate about whether these placemaking efforts alleviate or exacerbate gentrifying forces. Much of this has to do with who is leading the placemaking efforts, and who the target audience is. 

The Asian Community Development Corporation’s placemaking efforts have really been much more about “placekeeping”—maintaining the identity and boundaries of Chinatown. ACDC Executive Director Angie Liou will share her insights and discuss ACDC’s approach, particularly how youth and residents lead the efforts.

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

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Updates

Much placemaking activity currently occurs in gentrifying neighborhoods and there is great debate about whether these...
Placemaking is about sense of place. Everybody – people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities – can participate...
The Charles River Conservancy has been advocating for more active, attractive and accessible parklands along the Charles...
Announcing the Placemaking Network fall 2017 seminar series, view and download the series poster! For those who qualify...
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.

Past Events

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...
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...
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...
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