2015 Placemaking Conference

IQC will again welcome citizens, civic leaders, and professionals from around the region to learn from outstanding leaders in placemaking and community building.
Conference Information

Ron Frantz at Oklahoma Main Street Training

Ron Frantz had the opportunity to present IQC ideas and case studies related to walkability and commercial main streets at the Oklahoma Main Street Center’s Program Manager and Volunteer Training on August 4. The presentation includes data about how main streets are used in Oklahoma, and case studies about using street design to change the way a street performs. The slides from the presentation are available at the bottom of this page. Additional information on the topics Ron presented is available on our site: Measuring Oklahoma Main Streets Western Avenue Street Design Uptown 23rd Framework StART Norman Main Street Training August 4 from OU Institute for Quality... read more

Cities for All – Gil Penalosa

“To improve walking you have to make the pedestrian the priority.” “If you can build cities that work for people who are 8 years old and 80, you have hit the mark.” Global cities are facing challenges that can be solved with new perspectives on equitable urban design and transportation. Cities must compete globally to offer high quality of life. Gil Penalosa shares his message about how cities that are designed for people of all ages will be successful in the future. This presentation is also available with closed captioning at iTunes U. Gil Penalosa also participated in a Placemaking Residency visiting Tulsa and Oklahoma City following the conference. The 2015 Placemaking Conference was held on March 23, 2015 at the University of... read more

Transforming Our Cities Through Art and Design – Candy Chang

“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.” “It is about remagining the ways that our communities can be built and designed… how our places can better reflect what matters to us as a community and as individuals.” Candy Chang shares her inspiring community projects that reveal how our memories, emotions, hopes, and dreams are tied up in physical space of our communities. This presentation is also available with closed captioning at iTunes U. The 2015 Placemaking Conference was held on March 23, 2015 at the University of... read more

Power of Place – Carol Coletta

“We live in a democracy that depends on voters, and voting depends on engagement. The future of the city is crowdsourced.” “At Knight we are exploring how places can be designed to encourage more robust engagement. The places we inhabit every day can be a far more powerful way to stimulate engagement than any process or any app.” Place is an accelerator for key ingredients to the success of cities: talent, opportunity, and engagement. Carol Coletta works with the Knight Foundation and its partners to jumpstart these key ingredients. This presentation is also available with closed captioning at iTunes U. The 2015 Placemaking Conference was held on March 23, 2015 at the University of... read more

Branding Communities – Tripp Muldrow

“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.” Tripp Muldrow works with communities to express their identity and culture in meaningful ways. This presentation is also available with closed captioning at iTunes U. The 2015 Placemaking Conference was held on March 23, 2015 at the University of... read more