Think City and PROJECT for PUBLIC SPACES Inc. (PPS) conducted a Placemaking Training seminar in George Town, Penang on 18th & 19th February 2013. The training was to introduce participants to PPS’ unique, place-based approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces. Participants were encouraged to think about public spaces and public institutions in a new light and introduced practical tools and techniques that they can use in their own work.
Participants spent two days exploring the principles of making places through walking tours, presentations, case studies, Place Performance Evaluation exercises, group discussions and the close examination of selected George Town public spaces. Through the “Placemaking” process, they learnt how to facilitate collaboration among community members to create a vision around the places that are viewed as important to community life and to people’s daily experience. They also discovered how to identify quick, short term, low cost improvements that can be implemented in partnership with local residents as well as public and private sector allies.
PROJECT for PUBLIC SPACES Inc. (PPS) has over 30 years of experience in placemaking, demonstrated to participants unique approaches to contextual public space revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and community development. From their home base in New York City, PPS has helped create, transform and revitalize thousands parks, plazas, streets, markets, neighborhoods, campuses, and other community gathering spaces in hundreds of cities across America and around the World.