For over 20 years, Ethan has worked to support public space organizations, projects, and leadership around the world to build a global placemaking movement. Ethan has traveled to more than 900 cities and 60 countries to advance the cause of leading urban development with inclusive public spaces and placemaking. In 2019 he co-founded PlacemakingX to network, amplify, and accelerate placemaking leadership and impact globally. Ethan has been integral to the development of placemaking as a transformative approach to economic development, environmentalism, transportation planning, governance, resilience, social equity, design, digital space, and innovation.
Ethan has led a broad spectrum of Placemaking efforts, providing comprehensive public engagement, user-analysis, planning and visioning for high profile public spaces on six continents. Utilizing lessons learned through his project work, Ethan regularly creates and conducts Placemaking training courses, including: city planning staff in Vancouver and Toronto; community development corporations in Detroit; public housing developers in Sweden; traffic engineers in New Jersey; the public works department of Quito, Ecuador; planners and developers in Pimpri-Chinchwad, India; and the leadership of Durban, South Africa; and Main Street managers in Wyoming.
Placemaking for innovation, Creative Bureaucracy, Open-source sharing from placemaking practice, Future-proof cities through placemaking, Waterfront cities
In order to begin to institutionalize Placemaking in cities, Ethan has initiated and led local placemaking partnerships and campaigns with public, private and non-profit leaders to build capacity on all levels, shift organizational culture, implement demonstration projects and develop local campaigns for Placemaking. Ethan has applied this strategy in a wide range of cities including: Chicago; Indianapolis; San Antonio; Baltimore; San Francisco; Atlanta; Flint, MI; Bridgeport, CT; Brunswick, ME; Bellingham, WA; Mexico City, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; Nairobi, Kenya; Adelaide, Australia; Mississauga, Canada; and state-wide in Michigan. He supports regional campaigns in Australasia, Israel, Brazil, Canada, Europe, and Latin America.
Ethan has worked on over 200 Project for Public Spaces placemaking projects, including: Times Square and Astor Place in New York; Congress Square in Portland, ME, Kennedy Plaza in Providence, RI; Pompey Square, Nassau, Bahamas; Garden Place in Hamilton, New Zealand; Sub Centro Las Condes in Santiago, Chile. He has also worked with some of the most high profile developments in the world to help maximize public space outcomes in Hong Kong, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Auckland, Parramatta, and Sao Paulo.
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