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Placemaking Network initiatives

Design excellence in public places

A joint undertaking of the BSA’s Urban Design Committee, the Public Art Initiative, and the Placemaking Network, this brochure and summary PDF features select public art and integrated design projects by Massachusetts agencies/authorities, municipalities, institutions, and the private sector. Topics include the typology of art in public places, funding models and best practices. By Rosalyn Elder and Christina Lanzl.

Full presentation at the BSA Urban Design Committee

Placemaking award

Recognition of successful public realm projects through a dedicated award helps to inspire discourse and offers opportunities on many levels. This insight resulted in a joint effort with the BSA’s Urban Design Committee to establish a new Placemaking award category will be part of the revised Urban Design Award to be launched in January 2009.

Many thanks to the members of the Award Taskforce for their diligent work:

  • Richard Fitzgerald, Boston Society of Architects
  • Nancy Jenner, Boston Society of Architects
  • Christina Lanzl, UrbanArts Institute / Placemaking Network Chair
  • Martha Ondras, Ondras Architects / Placemaking Network
  • Peter Smith, Global Urban Solutions / Urban Design Committee Co-chair
  • John Stebbins, Cambridge Seven Associates / Urban Design Committee Co-chair

Placemaking seminars

Relevant Placemaking topics and issues are presented and discussed at a monthly luncheon seminar series. We invite you to forward suggestions and proposals for upcoming presentations to  Please send your email with the subject heading “Placemaking Seminar”.