Join activists and leaders from around the world to envision a place-led future for cities.


This September, global change agents will gather in Vancouver, B.C., for two major events that will map the future of the placemaking movement. These discussions will take place at a critical moment, as Habitat III and COP21 set the stage for decades of dramatic change for cities. Thanks to the tireless efforts of advocates, the New Urban Agenda already emphasizes that strong public spaces are the foundation of this change. Now we need to make it happen, putting theory into practice through placemaking and place-led development.

Mon, Sept 12 - Thurs, Sept 15
Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place is the premier conference supporting walking, biking and placemaking professionals. It was founded in 1980 with the belief that more and better walking and biking builds stronger communities and healthier, happier people. The conference aims to build a community of practice that connects active transportation advocacy and local placemaking efforts to large-scale global challenges. 


Weds, Sept 14 - Sat, Sept 17
Public space is located at the intersection 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 outcomes of the international Future of Places conference series, attendees will develop and share concrete strategies for advancing placemaking locally and globally.

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Canadian Regional Meeting 🇨🇦 
Over the last few years numerous local efforts, as well as broader initiatives, have laid the groundwork for public space advocacy to take hold in Canada. This meeting gives Canadian placemakers an opportunity to advance place and the public realm as central to the new urban agenda that the federal, provincial and local governments and civic leaders are calling for.

#POPCrawl - The Power of Placemaking
September 15 from 5PM to 10PM
A choose your own adventure exploration of downtown Vancouver public space. Join us for the official launch at the south plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery (800 Robson Street), pick up a “passport” to our sites, and let your crawl begin. Sites have been curated and animated specially for the evening. How many can you make it to?

The Future of Places Summit will be the lead event of the Placemaking Leadership Forum and will take place on Thursday, Sept 15. Building upon the first three Future of Places forums—which drew together over 1,500 urban thinkers from 100 countries and 700 organizations—this summit will focus on tangible methods with which international practitioners and policymakers can advance placemaking both locally and globally.

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