Placemaking Europe

27th - 30th
September, 2022

Creating better cities together

Placemaking Week Europe is Europe’s founding and largest placemaking festival. In the spirit of collaboration and inspiration, over 400 practitioners meet every year to share knowledge, learn and network.

Hosting city

The host of the fifth edition is the city of Pontevedra in Spain. A place that for the last twenty years has been an example of how to organise a city around people. Drawing on their positive example, we will look to the future. Together. With you.

The themes

Together we will reflect and react to four key themes that are central to thinking about the future-proof cities around the globe – using the excellent case study of Pontevedra as learning grounds, and further, a testbed for innovations:

Innovative & Creative Economy
● How can placemaking help innovation, attract new talents and expand economic opportunity for all and what mechanisms should be implemented to make sure not to push out local economic activity?
● What mechanisms should be put in place to ensure that urban innovation truly benefits the local economy and does not crowd it out?
Green & Blue Placemaking
● How to lead a transformation that evokes urban resilience by uniting nature, people and the city; through city-wide strategies, as well as on-the ground placemaking interventions?
● How to activate waterfronts for both vibrancy and restoration, that dually consider local resources?
● How can we recover polluted and industrial areas with green and blue solutions while creating inclusive, sustainable and environmentally sensitive green spaces?
Creative Bureaucracy
● How to engage in collaborative planning to implement an effective city of proximity in Europe?
● How can an effective, transparent and low-threshold collaboration between local government and community help to activate the public space to its fullest potential?
Human Scale Development For Thriving & Resilient Public Spaces
● How does a human-scale and place-led approach improve the capacity of urban areas to survive, adapt and thrive regardless of shocks and chronic stresses they experience?
● How can cities create the conditions to align goals with the real estate sector, implementing the right regulations and policies, to develop a city at a human scale that allows for interactions between people, buildings and streets?
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Innovative & Creative Economy
● How can placemaking help innovation, attract new talents and expand economic opportunity for all and what mechanisms should be implemented to make sure not to push out local economic activity?
● What mechanisms should be put in place to ensure that urban innovation truly benefits the local economy and does not crowd it out?
Green & Blue Placemaking
● How to lead a transformation that evokes urban resilience by uniting nature, people and the city; through city-wide strategies, as well as on-the ground placemaking interventions?
● How to activate waterfronts for both vibrancy and restoration, that dually consider local resources?
● How can we recover polluted and industrial areas with green and blue solutions while creating inclusive, sustainable and environmentally sensitive green spaces?
Creative Bureaucracy
● How to engage in collaborative planning to implement an effective city of proximity in Europe?
● How can an effective, transparent and low-threshold collaboration between local government and community help to activate the public space to its fullest potential?
Human Scale Development For Thriving & Resilient Public Spaces
● How does a human-scale and place-led approach improve the capacity of urban areas to survive, adapt and thrive regardless of shocks and chronic stresses they experience?
● How can cities create the conditions to align goals with the real estate sector, implementing the right regulations and policies, to develop a city at a human scale that allows for interactions between people, buildings and streets?
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The speakers

The city of Pontevedra

Beginning in 1999, the City of Pontevedra adopted a new city model that aimed to shift attention from private motorised vehicles instead to the city’s pedestrians. The city council went about banning all but essential traffic, and promoted journeys by foot, bicycle or public transport. The city suppressed indiscriminate parking in central streets, thereby cutting down immensely on inner-city traffic jams.

Beginning in 1999, the City of Pontevedra adopted a new city model that aimed to shift attention from private motorised vehicles instead to the city’s pedestrians. The city council went about banning all but essential traffic, and promoted journeys by foot, bicycle or public transport. The city suppressed indiscriminate parking in central streets, thereby cutting down immensely on inner-city traffic jams.