PRODUCE UK attends the Placemaking Leadership Forum in Vancouver

The symposium started with a tour to check out the exciting opportunities in the Vancouver waterfront area -location of a major transportation hub, that has gone through extensive regeneration in the past few years and that still offers opportunities for development. Representatives from waterfront projects from Seattle and Auckland were also part of the discussion. It was particularly interesting for us to see the different forms of engagement pursued between stakeholders at each of the developments showcased.
Other sessions included the Practitioners Talks with different approaches to community engagement from around the globe, highlighting the importance of dialogue,inclusiveness and co-design in public spaces; the newest thoughts on using digital platforms to support local placemaking initiatives; insights about the influence of culture and context in public realm projects; and issues around place governance and private and public partnerships investing in urban regeneration- with examples from Detroit, Boston and Los Angeles.

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As public events practitioners, it is an invaluable experience to be around and participate in the discussion with so many different professionals with multiple perspectives. Great to see that the vision of promoting inviting public spaces experiences as a powerful tool for civic engagement and change of perception.

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