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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 23, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Eye-Tracking Architecture: Insights from Biometrics on Walkability, Lingerability, Human Happiness

Ann Sussman AIA, an architect, author and researcher, will introduce participants to her ongoing research on how buildings influence people emotionally. Biometric tools, like eye tracking, which follows eye movements we don't consciously control, are widely used in advertising and product design today. What happens when we apply the technology to architecture? This talk reviews findings from recent pilot-studies showing how people look at architecture, revealing hidden behaviors that are key to successful placemaking. We will see how 'fixations' or attachments our eyes make without conscious effort direct our behavior around buildings, even influencing our mood and anxiety levels.

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

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May 21, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Beyond Walls: Placemaking in Lynn, Massachusetts Join us as we shine a spotlight on Beyond Walls, a placemaking project turn nonprofit. Originally, a...
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...

Updates

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...
Placemaking is about sense of place. Everybody – people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities – can participate...

Past Events

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...
May 22, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Jamaica Plain Porchfest: A place-based celebration of community The activation of place is a central concern of placemaking. Jamaica Plain...
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...
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