Holly Whyte was our mentor and founder. He was proving back in the 1950s that people really wanted to be in cities and wanted to be around other people. Our goal is to build on this work to create an international movement of placemakers.
A place-driven, community based approach to public spaces yields much different results
How to integrate land use and transportation
Placemaking Conference: Future of Place
What If We Built Our CommunitiesAround Places?Institute for Quality Communities Placemaking ConferenceApril 3rd, 2013Placemaking As a TransformativeAgenda@EBKent@PPS_Placemaking
William H. (Holly) WhyteThe Organization Man,1956The Exploding Metropolis, 1958The Last Landscape, 1968Plan for the City of New York, 1969The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, 1980City: Rediscovering the Center, 1988
Climate ChangeSustainableCommunitiesCivil Society/Democracy BuildingPublic Health and theBuilt EnvironmentCommunity EngagementSmart GrowthConvergence of Movements/DisciplinesPLACESLocal FoodSystemsTransportation& Land UseLocal EconomiesHistoric Preservation
38 Years of Placemaking 50 U.S. States 43 Countries 3000 Communities 3 Million annual visitors to our website 36,000 people get our electronicnewsletter 19k+ on Twitter @PPS_Placemaking 18k+ Facebook
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACESRegions where we’re supporting Placemaking Singapore South Korea India Japan Hong Kong Czech Republic Montenegro Serbia Kosovo Croatia Hungary Poland Slovakia Romania Bulgaria Georgia Armenia Australia New Zealand Canada Netherlands Norway UK/ Scotland Sweden Italy Mexico Colombia Argentina Chile Brazil South Africa Kenya Abu Dhabi Chicago Los Angeles San Francisco Texas Michigan
We shape our public spaces, thereafter our publicspaces shape us. –adapted from Winston ChurchillContrasting 1
Lowly, unpurposeful and random as they may appear,sidewalk contacts are the small change from which acity’s wealth of public life may grow. ─Jane Jacobs
It’s hard to create a space that will not attract people,what is remarkable, is how often this has beenaccomplished. ─William H. WhyteContrasting 1
What attracts people most it would appear,is other people. ─William H. Whyte
If you plan for cars and traffic…you get more cars and traffic.
If you plan for people and places…you get more people and places.
When you focus on creating a “place,”you do everything differently.
• Placemaking provides the link between:– urban excellence– economic development– sustainability– public health (physical, psychological, social)
What is Placemaking? Placemaking is turning a neighborhood, townor city from a place you can’t wait to getthrough to one you never want to leave. Placemaking is the creation of a builtenvironment that creates community,stimulates interaction, encouragesentrepreneurship, fosters innovation andnurtures humanity.
What is Placemaking? Placemaking is creating for everybody. The seed of democracy. Placemaking is the process of giving space astory that is shared by many.
A study of three generations of 9 year oldsfound that over a recent 20 year period, theradius around the home that children wereallowed to play had sunken almost 90%.Richard Louv
Campus Martius Vision:• Detroits Gathering Place• The Crossroads of Downtown Detroit• Our Town Square• The Citys Signature Landmark• A Catalyst for Revitalization• A Place Where the Community CelebratesMajor Partners:• City of Detroit• Detroit 300 Conservancy• Detroit DOT
Campus Martius2004“It changes the imageof Detroit in everyone’smind. They see thesquare on TV, hearabout what’shappening there andthey see Detroitdifferently.”-Bob Gregory, Detroit 300
Campus Martius/ Cadillac Square LONG-TERM VISION/ Power of Ten