Hear from members of the Placemaking Leadership Forum report on discussions held at the International Project for Public Spaces conference, convened in Vancouver BC September 14-17th. Topics will include: place-led development strategies, models for placemaking campaigns, consideration of transformative agendas aligned with 1) the recent COP21 agreement which identifies concrete actions that leaders need to take in order to their cities carbon neutral and 2) the New Urban Agenda—a document outlining guidelines and goals of urban development over the next two decades. How do we build stronger communities and create healthier, happier people-focused places?

Speakers for the event include:

Christina Rusnak, Principal and Cultural Catalyst, SwitchbackGroup, LLC

Chuck Wolfe, Lawyer and writer, Seeing the Better City

Dan Eernissee, Development Manager, City of Shoreline

Ethan Kent, Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces

Karen True, Director of Business Development, Alliance for Pioneer Square

Matthew Richter, Cultural Space Liaison, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Panel discussion will be moderated by Rico Quirindongo, architect at DLR Group, Pike Place Market Councilmember, and MarketFront Committee Chair


Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is the central hub of the global Placemaking movement, connecting people to ideas, expertise, and partners who share a passion for creating vital places. This event is part of the Seattle Design Festival, two weeks of events celebrating the Seattle design community.