Frequently Asked Questions

What is Placemaking Week?

Placemaking Week is an international gathering of placemaking thinkers and practitioners. In 2017 Placemaking Week will consist of 4 days of programming - October 11th will be an arrival day with an event, day tours and workshops, October 12th/13th will be two full days of programming held at Pakhuis de Zwijger, and October 14th will be an optional day of workshops and tours.

When and where is Placemaking Week 2017?

2017’s Placemaking Week will be held on October 11th - 14th, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

How do I register for this event?

You can register for Placemaking Week events on this PPS website once official registration opens in May 2017. There will be a formal announcement on our website, via our newsletters, and on PPS social media channels.

Many side events and workshops may require separate registration, and these also will be available on the PPS website as they open up to attendees in the coming months.

What opportunities will there be to speak at the conference? Will there be a Call for Proposals?

Yes. The Call for Proposals is now open! Please make sure to apply by the deadline of April 28th at 5pm EST.

Where can I learn about conference updates?

Make sure to sign up for our Placemaking Week newsletter to receive up-to-date information on registration, program content, speakers, hotels and travel, events and other news.

Is there a discounted or group rate? What about scholarships?

Yes. If you are coming with a group, please contact for more information.

We will be offering scholarships to a select number of attendees through a formal scholarship process once registration opens in May. Please check in for more details once registration opens.

What day should I arrive in Amsterdam?

If you wish to attend the events and workshops on Wednesday October 11th, then you should arrive by, or on, the 10th of October.

How can I book a hotel room for the event?

We will have a hotel room block available to attendees later in Spring and will supply you with a link once you register. There will only be a certain number of rooms available in the block, so we will also post alternative hotel recommendations should attendees need, or prefer, alternative accommodation.

What are the conference themes this year?

The main four themes will focus on Placemaking & Innovation, Equity, Health & Well-being, Place-led Development & City Making, and Streets as Places & Transportation.

Are there any side events or networking opportunities I need to be aware of?

Yes! We will be hosting a range of side events over the four days. Please stay tuned as we release this information in the next few months as you will need to register for these events.

Who should I contact about sponsorship opportunities at Placemaking Week?

We will release a sponsorship package in April 2017 which will outline the details and tiers. For more information, please contact:

Who should I contact about volunteering at the event?

We are not organizing volunteers yet, however if you wish to volunteer at the conference in Amsterdam either in the pre-conference process or on the actual days of the event, please contact: and we can keep your details on file for when we have more information.

I’m not from Europe - will the content be relevant to me?

Absolutely! We encourage placemakers from all over the world to attend this event in order to engage with a multinational group of practitioners and researchers who each will bring their own knowledge and expertise to the table. Make sure to apply to the Call for Proposals here if you want to share or speak at the conference.

Who will be presenting at the event?

Speakers will be announced in late May/early June 2017, after the Call for Proposals process is complete.

What is the best way to get to the conference?

To reach Amsterdam, most attendees will fly into Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. A direct railway line can take you from the airport to the city center. You will also be able to take a shuttle or a taxi to your hotel. More information will be provided once registration opens.

I’m not a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council, can I still attend?

Of course! We encourage everyone to join the Placemaking Leadership Council, but you do not have to join, or be a current member, to attend. However we encourage you to join - you can do so here!

I do not live in the Netherlands, will I need a visa to attend the conference?

Possibly. Please see below for general details on visas. Otherwise, please contact for more information:

As of March 2017:

If you are from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you do not need a visa to travel to the Netherlands for the conference.

Residents of the United States and Canada may enter the Netherlands for up to 90 days as a tourist without a visa. For a list of other countries who are also not required to obtain a visa, please click here.

Individuals from some countries may require a Schengen Visa. Please click here for more details.

I’m interested in hosting a side event. How can I arrange this?

We will soon be posting an information page on this website about how to host a side event in Amsterdam during the conference week, and what the process will be. For any questions in advance, please get in touch at and we can discuss options with you.

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