“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
— JANE JACOBS
"We are creating a global movement to turn spaces into places."
— CECILIA MARTINEZ, Former Director, UN Habitat New York
We are a global network of leaders who together accelerate placemaking as a way to create healthy, inclusive, and beloved communities.
To make the spaces we live into places we love. Create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable world through the convergence of values, passion, and action around our public spaces.
We are building a network of placemaking thought leaders, public space activists, regional network leaders, and professionals from all over the world. We have diverse experiences and backgrounds but share a common purpose.
PlacemakingX is a cooperative network initiated by these leaders. Over the coming months, we will build out a collective impact network to amplify and accelerate the placemaking movement globally, and locally.
If you are a placemaking leader that shares our passion and mission fill out our survey to join the movement.
Amplify the Placemaking Movement
We expand the capacity of the placemaking movement by creating a platform to highlight its ideas, tools, events, projects, history, and members. We grow the impact of existing regional placemaking networks and incubate new ones.
Advocate for Systemic Change
We make the case for placemaking by engaging with like-minded movements and inspiring the hearts and minds of everyday citizens. We use a place-led focus to disrupt professional and bureaucratic silos that limit our communities. We develop and help implement models for community-powered governance, financing, and urbanization.
Together with the network we launch, partner, and lead PlacemakingX Campaigns for impact. PlacemakingX Campaigns include tactics such as demonstration projects, exhibits, capacity building workshops, presentations, research, thought leadership, placemaking visions, convening, and more.
The ideas at the heart of PlacemakingX were incubated at Project for Public Spaces throughout decades of collaboration with community activists and change agents in over 3,000 communities, and 48 countries. In 2013, Project for Public Spaces launched the Placemaking Leadership Council to strengthen placemaking as an international network. Since then, we’ve seen an explosion of regional networks, organizations, and events in countries around the world, establishing placemaking as a growing and catalytic movement.
Building on this rich history, PlacemakingX is now an independent program partnering with Project for Public Spaces and others to work with the doers and deep thinkers at the forefront of the placemaking movement to deliver a model of practice, designed to create collective impact.
To start PlacemakingX will focus collective action around the following agendas. We believe placemaking is powerful because it forms the catalyst for seemingly divergent causes to converge.