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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

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.

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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...
On April 23 at 6pm, architect, author and researcher Ann Sussman AIA will talk about her ongoing research on how...
At our March 26, 6pm seminar Joanne Alinsky Linowes, Principal of the Linowes Executive Development Institute, will...
The Placemaking Manifesto is now part of the ongoing placemaking dialogue in the press. Read our Letter to the Editor...
Join us on Febuary 26 at 6pm at BSA Space: Gediminas Urbonas of the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology,...
Much placemaking activity currently occurs in gentrifying neighborhoods and there is great debate about whether these...
Issued by Christina Lanzl, Rob Tullis and Anne-Catrin Schultz Celebrating 10 Years of the BSA/AIA Placemaking Network...

Past 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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November 20, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Placemaking through Sound and Light Join us as Ryan Edwards, Maria Finkelmeier, and Sam Okerstrom-Lang of Masary Studios discuss their practice of re...
October 23, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Placemaking Manifesto: A Public Discussion Placemaking is about sense of place. Everybody––people of all backgrounds, ages and...
September 25, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Creating a Place to Swim in the Charles River

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)

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

June 26, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The New Urban Farm at the Historic Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, Mattapan The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm is a vacant and distressed Boston Landmark with...
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