One of the country’s top experts on placemaking is visiting town to speak at the next Dallas Architecture Forum event.
Fred Kent, the Founder and President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), is widely recognized as a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and is one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth, and the future of the city.
If you’re wondering, “what exactly is placemaking?,” here’s a good working definition from his organization:
As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.
With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being.