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Making Sense of Place: Place Theory and Placemaking in Practice

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Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment proudly presents, Making Sense of Place: Place Theory and Placemaking in Practice, a 1-day symposium to discuss current theory and practices in placemaking.

Participants include the foremost thinkers and theorists on "place" and the leading practitioners of urban placemaking. Supported by Pratt Institute's Urban Placemaking and Management program, the symposium seeks to unite the academic world of place theory with the practical work of urban placemakers.

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9:00 - 9:30 AM Coffee and registration

9: 30 -10:00 AM - Welcome
Eve Baron, Chair of the Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.
David Burney, Director of Pratt Urban Placemaking and Management program.

10:00 - 11:30 AM - Session 1 - Social Science and Design.
Topic Introduction by Tim Cresswell, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of American Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT . Author of PLACE, an Introduction.

How do we improve the connections between social science and design so that design solutions better address social need?

11:30 - 1:00 PM - Session 2 - Place Equity.
Topic introduction by Setha Low, Director of the Public Space Research Center and Professor of Environmental Psychology, Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography) and Women’s Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York and acclaimed author.

How can placemaking support under-served communities? Can a place-based approach provide the catalyst and focus for holistic solutions to inequity? If Placemaking has the potential to generate positive community activity in a neighborhood, could it play a role in relieving this population's mistrust in the government?

1:00 - 2:00 PM - BREAK

2:00 - 3:30 PM - Session 3 - Placemaking the displaced
Topic Introduction by Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Museum of Modern Art; Fellow, American Academy in Rome and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and acclaimed author.

How can placemaking support the integration of the millions of displaced people into their host communities?

3:30 - 5:00 PM - Session 4 - Place as Multiplicity
Talk by Kim Dovey, Professor of Architecture & Urban Design, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. Author of Becoming Places.

How an anti-reductionist approach can help our understanding of the complexity of urban issues.
Discussion moderated by David Burney, Pratt Institute.

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Final Session
Conclusions from the workshops.

Continuing Education:
7 AICP CM Credits
6.5 LU|HSW Credits

Special thank you to the American Planning Association’s New York Metro Chapter (APA-NYM) and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY).

This event is in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) May 10-12 event "PPS’s Placemaking: Making it Happen training" an intensive two and a half day course that builds on participants’ knowledge of Placemaking concepts and provides the tools to implement and manage Placemaking projects. For more information, and to register, visit the PPS Eventbrite page.

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