Placemaking Conference 2015
Conference topics included citizen engagement, public art, the finance of cities, parking, and more.
“Our personal anxieties extend into our public life, and many of the conflicts in our communities come from a lack of trust and understanding. We know fewer neighbors, which means we have our guards up… We have a greater tendency to be impersonal and adversarial.”
“We live in a democracy that depends on voters, and voting depends on engagement. The future of the city is crowdsourced.”
State of Place
“I desperately wanted to fix my hometown, Miami. To help create place. I thought if we could only convince people, show them the power of place, its value, that things could change. I just needed to find a way to prove that to people.”
Karen Lee, M.D.
Global Health + Built Environment Advisor
“Why are people failing at changing unhealthy behaviors? They’re failing in large part because our environments don’t actually support behavior changes that they’re trying to make.”
Mimosa Tree Capital Partners
“For an investor to succeed in a community-building investment, he or she has to have partners, has to have talent who can drive the investment forward. They have to have a cheering section in a community.”
“As I was working as an engineer and planner, I started to ask myself questions about why the projects I was working on didn’t seem to make a lot of financial sense. Why are cities that are experiencing robust growth having deep financial problems?”
Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, OU
With increasing globalization and digital technology, it can sometimes seem that the world is becoming placeless- But place still matters.
Arnett Muldrow & Associates
“A brand in a community is a promise a place makes with people. In communities we are working, we are working on branding for people who live there rather than to attract people in.”
Urban Land Institute
“Cities are being driven by their ability to attract talent. The most important investment a city can make is education.”
“If a city is requiring more than 3 parking spaces per 1,000 square feet, it is requiring more parking area than building area.”
OU Placemaking Residency
We extended the reach of the 2015 IQC Placemaking Conference by sending three conference speakers on the road in Oklahoma during the week of the conference. Gil Penalosa traveled with the IQC to Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Chuck Marohn and Tripp Muldrow traveled with the IQC to Enid, Lawton, Ada, and northwest Oklahoma City.
9:00 a.m. Introduction: Defining Great Places
Opening Remarks, President David L. Boren | The University of Oklahoma
Introduction, Dean Charles Graham | OU College of Architecture
“Why Places Matter,” Wilfred McClay | Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty
“Defining Great Places,” Mariela Alfonzo | State of Place