Fred Kent: Project for Public Spaces
“If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.”
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Fred Kent is the president of Project for Public Spaces.
Over the past 37 years, Fred has worked on hundreds of projects, including Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square in New York City; Discovery Green in Houston, TX; Campus Martius in Detroit, MI; Main Street in Littleton, NH; Granville Island in Vancouver, BC, Canada; and a City-Wide Placemaking Campaign in Chicago, IL. In the Netherlands, he has worked on Plein 40-45 and Waterlooplein, both in Amsterdam.
Before founding PPS, Fred studied with Margaret Mead and worked with William H. Whyte on the Street Life Project, assisting in observations and film analysis of corporate plazas, urban streets, parks and other open spaces in New York City. The research resulted in the now classic, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, published in 1980, which laid out conclusions based on decades of meticulous observation and documentation of human behavior in the urban environment.
A recent partnership between PPS, UN Habitat and The Ax:son Johnson Foundation has resulted in a global campaign (The Future of Places) and the establishment of a Placemaking Leadership Council (500+ members) aimed at bringing Placemaking to countries around the world.
With close to 75,000 people around the world following the work of PPS through emails, Twitter and Facebook, he has witnessed interest in Placemaking grow exponentially.
Join us for an interactive evening with Fred Kent. Be there! Doors open at 19:30.
The language spoken this evening is English.
The evening will be moderated by Joan Brenda Hunt.