Join us at our offices this Thursday, September 5th, beginning at 6:00 PM for a discussion with one of the world’s great Placemaking leaders, Adelaide, Australia CEO Peter Smith.
Peter is pioneering the application of Placemaking to all dimensions of municipal government in Adelaide, Australia. He is seeding a bold city-wide culture and organizational shift with a “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” program calledSplash Adelaide, which is having a very visible impact on the public realm and peoples’ perception of how it can be shaped. They are now further integrating Placemaking into governance by piloting “Place Capital” metrics and “place audits” to track success of holistic outcomes and integrate responsibility for Placemaking with communities. The long-term goal is to shift more place governance capacity, and responsibility, to the district level, and make citywide government leaner in the process.
Peter sees this shift to a focus on Place Capital as a means to greater place attachment and a more resilient city. PPS has been working with Adelaide over the last few years, doing Placemaking training and strategic planning and helping bring these models and lessons around the world.
Peter is also on the steering committee for our Future of Places partnership with UN Habitat and the Swedish Ax:son Johnson Foundation, where he is helping us to apply Place Governance models internationally, with a focus on developing countries
Peter Smith has been generously supporting PPS’s Placemaking Leadership Council, and gave a presentation on Adelaide’s shift to a “place-led” Place Governancance strategy for our Detroit Meeting:
Peter has also helped run the the Australasia network of Place Leaders and is about to become its chairman to help it further lead the Placemaking movement in that region of the world. Along with the Place Leaders Association, Peter will hosting a Placemaking Leadership Council meeting for the Australasia region in Adelaide this February during their Fringe Festival. He is also spearheadingAdelaide’s hosting of the Velo-City conference in April 2014 that will include a track on Placemaking with many global leaders including NYC transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn.