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Designing Boston: Placemaking Decoded

October 17, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public.
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Designing Boston: Placemaking Decoded

Placemaking is a people-centered approach to the planning and design of public space. This approach focuses on elements that enhance the experience of living, working, and playing in a place, and often begins with small-scale, strategic improvements. Cities across the United States, like Boston, are starting to adopt this urban design and planning approach as their main tool for the revitalization and activation of public spaces. Taking this into account, what role does placemaking play in the future development of Boston? What are the ingredients behind successful placemaking in the city?

Cosponsored by A Better City, this event opens a dialogue between the different parties involved in the funding, regulation, and execution of placemaking projects in Boston. A cross-sectoral selection of panelists will discuss how placemaking strategies are shaping the development of Boston, and identify implementation hurdles and potential steps to overcome these challenges.

Join a panel discussion exploring the inner mechanics of placemaking and ways to position Boston as a national leader in this field of work. 

A cocktail reception, sponsored by A Better City, will take place from 5:15 to 6:00 pm. During this opening reception, A Better City will launch a set of reports produced for Phase One of the Public Realm Planning Study for Go Boston 2030, Boston's new mobility plan. To attend the reception, RSVP to with "10/17 Designing Boston reception" in the subject line.

Kenneth Bailey, sector organizing and strategy lead, Design Studio for Social Interventions

Claudia Paraschiv, director, Salem Public Space Project
Alice Brown, project manager, Go Boston 2030, Boston Transportation Department (City of Boston)
Anabelle Rondon, project manager, Great Neighborhoods initiative, Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance
David Dixon FAIA, Urban Places Group leader, Stantec
Bryan J. Koop, executive vice president, Boston Region, Boston Properties 

About the Designing Boston Series

This series provides a forum to discuss current trends and concerns in architecture and urban planning that may shape Boston’s future. Topics include designing for transportation, walkability, and climate change, and meeting housing demands of this growing city. Go to series page.

This is a program of the BSA Foundation and A Better City.

For those who qualify, 2 LUs are available.

Image: Seats of Power. Credit: Claudia Paraschiv.