Public spaces are at the core of many global issues—from health to sustainability, innovation to equity. The Placemaking Leadership Forum is all about leveraging this convergence. Building on the work of PPS’s Placemaking Leadership Council and the international Future of Places conference series, attendees will develop concrete strategies for advancing placemaking locally and globally.
This gathering takes place just weeks before the Habitat III Conference in Quito, which will finalize a “New Urban Agenda” to guide global urban development over the next two decades. Placemaking—and the holistic lens it brings to urban policy and investment—offers a way for local communities to fulfill the promise of these international agreements.
Consistently rated the most livable city in North America, Vancouver’s scenic beauty, pristine natural environment, and progressive development policies have transformed the city to one that any urbanist would love to call home.
Vancouver made a choice to be a people centric city at a time when many cities in North America were in the thrall of the automobile and using freeways as tools of urban renewal. In doing so, the city preserved its walkable urban core, encouraged the development of dense mixed use neighborhoods, and protected its open spaces.
The city was also home to Habitat I in 1976, the first iteration of the the UN's sustainable development conference, which is only held every two decades. It is only fitting, as we approach Habitat III, that Vancouver plays host to our discussion of the best strategies for implementing the New Urban Agenda.
We are thrilled to announce some of the 100+ speakers for the Placemaking Leadership Forum.