Ethan Kent works to support Placemaking organizations, projects, and leadership around the world to build a global placemaking movement to build systemic change towards place-led urbanization. Ethan has been integral to the development of Placemaking as a transformative approach to economic development, environmentalism, transportation planning, governance, resilience, equity and design.
Ethan has led a broad spectrum of Placemaking efforts, providing comprehensive public engagement, user-analysis, planning and visioning for high profile public spaces on six continents. Ethan has partnered with public, private and non-profit leaders to build capacity, shift organizational culture, implement demonstration projects, and develop local campaigns for placemaking. Ethan also co-founded the NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign, which led to a bold shift in NYC transportation policy including a Public Plaza Programthat is reclaiming street space for dynamic new public spaces throughout the city. Major projects that Ethan has led include: Times Square and Astor Place in New York; Parramatta Square, Sydney, NSW; Congress Square in Portland, ME; Kennedy Plazain Providence, RI; Pompey Square, Nassau, Bahamas, etc.