Placemaking Conference

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The Placemaking Conference took place on April 3, 2013 on the University of Oklahoma campus. About 800 civic leaders, design professionals, and interested citizens attended.

Session One: Toward a Sense of Place

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Preservation expert Donovan Rypkema shares lots of data and his own thoughts about the role of preservation in boosting economic success. Historic preservation investments are…

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Ellen Dunham-Jones is cataloguing examples of how suburbs are being “reinhabited, redeveloped, and regreened.” Dunham-Jones tells stories about converting dead malls to vibrant downtowns…

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Ethan Kent explains how the Project for Public Spaces pursues placemaking to generate a sense of community attachment through quality public space. The Project for Public Spaces has built…

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Session Two: Creating More Livable Communities

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Dr. Richard Jackson shares alarming data about public health problems in the United States and describes how the built environment can adversely or positively impact health…

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John Cock shares how communities around the nation are setting inspiring visions for cycling infrastructure. Improving infrastructure for bicycles will encourage more people to…

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Dan Burden explores the potential for streets to contribute to livability in our communities through quality design rather than bare-bones engineering. Dan shares examples of dead spaces turned…

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Session Three: Getting Engaged

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Jason Roberts decided that long-range planning efforts in his community weren’t enough, and found a way to implement the changes he wanted to see immediately. Jason shares examples…

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Sid Burgess tracks the many digital tools that are developing to help citizens engage in two-way communication with public agencies. Find out what kind of information…

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Ron Frantz has made a career out of becoming personally involved in Oklahoma communities through his expertise in architecture and historic preservation. Ron shares his personal story…

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Keynotes

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Christopher Leinberger explores economic trends related to walkable urban places. Because of growing preferences for walkable lifestyles among millennials, future economic development…

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Jeff Speck describes the safe, comfortable, interesting, useful walk. Why is it important to invest in walkable communities? What are the characteristics of…

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Hank Dittmar leads the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, which encourages development patterns that are sustainable, traditional, and grounded in local…

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