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2017 winter seminar schedule

Announing the Placemaking Network winter seminar series, view and download the series poster!

Registration opens soon; please email with questions.

January 23, 2017 6:00 pm
Wharf District Public Realm Vision
Bob Uhlig, ASLA - Halvorson Design Partnership
Marc Margulies AIA - Margulies Perruzzi Architects, Wharf District Council
Jill Valdes Horwood - Boston Harbor Now

One of the oldest and most historically significant waterfronts in New England, the Downtown Waterfront is at the forefront of active transition. Spurred by the success of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the neighborhood has been at the center of residential and commercial development interests. The panel will discuss the aspirations of the Wharf District Council and other stakeholders, and share the vision and strategy for a “window to the harbor” transformation that will be the pride of Boston, attracting businesses, residents and visitors while responding to climate change.

February 27, 2017 6:00 PM
Public Art and Placemaking in Portland, Maine: Collaboration is the Key
Anne Marie Purkey Levine, Public Art Project Manager
Caitlin Cameron, Urban Designer, City of Portland Maine

Portland, Maine looks and feels different than it did a decade ago. As the city grows in population and as a destination for cultural tourism, how do organizations dedicated to the enrichment of the built environment appropriately respond and become agents of civic identity? During this talk, two members of Portland’s public art and city planning community will discuss temporary and permanent projects that have used collaborative strategies between artists, designers, and public/private partnerships to foster innovative outcomes. 

March 27, 2017 6:00 PM
Congress Square / Quaker Lane Redevelopment
Stephen Faber, Executive VP, Related Beal, developers
Scott Pollack, Principal, Arrowstreet Inc., architects

​Construction is underway on Related Beal’s and Arrowstreet’s additions and renovations to six buildings at Devonshire and Congress Streets into a new boutique hotel and mix of offices, residential, retail, and restaurant spaces. The conversion will bring 24-hour activity to an area historically dominated by financial institutions. Their BRA filing says “From their original conception in the late 19th century as bank buildings, the existing buildings have conveyed an image of grandeur and security. For the last 40 years, these buildings have been restricted to private use and turned inward, cut off from the surrounding neighborhood and streets. The design for Congress Square restores these buildings and Quaker Lane to a destination within the heart of downtown Boston.” Quaker Lane will be converted from an underutilized service way into a European-style pedestrian area lined with new lobby entrances and storefronts opening to outdoor dining areas; with suspended cable lighting between buildings, cobble pavers, sculptural seating and landscaping. The speakers will present the details of this project and the exciting transformation of its public realm.

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