The Economic Future of the Suburbs: Infill, Commerce, Placemaking – Session 3: Placemaking

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m. EST

Silver Spring, MD, United States

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The Montgomery County Planning Department’s Winter Speaker Series will examine the shift away from sprawling, car-centric places to more walkable, mixed-use and urban-style communities. Attendees will learn about the physical, social and economic changes that are occurring to ensure a bright future for the suburbs. The presentations will examine strategies for infill housing instead of single-family homes; office building conversions into residential units; digital technology’s influence on retail and commerce; and placemaking as a strategy for economic development.  Ethan Kent, Senior Vice President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City, has traveled to more than 800 cities and 55 countries to advance the cause of placemaking and public spaces. He will speak about placemaking as a strategy for economic development in the suburbs. Attendees will learn about:

--Defining placemaking and its various components, including land uses, landscape, streetscapes and public art.

--Solving the economic, social and design challenges of placemaking in the suburbs. 

--Examining the important roles of public spaces, including streets, squares, plazas, in placemaking.

--Understanding the similarities and differences between suburban and urban placemaking.

--Making the connection between economic development and placemaking in the suburbs.


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Ethan Kent

Ethan Kent, as a Senior Vice President at Project for Public Spaces, works to support Placemaking organizations, projects, and leadership around the world. During over 18 years at PPS, Ethan has traveled to more than 750 cities and 55 countries to advance the cause of Placemaking and public spaces. Ethan ... Read More

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