In Focus | Place Management & Place Making


Even if you’ve never heard of “place making,” you’re no doubt doing it all the time. “It’s part of our DNA. It’s part of our lives,” says Fred Kent, Founder and President of the Project for Public Spaces. “We’re all moving. We’re going to places. We want to be part of places. If we don’t have that, it can actually be depressing.” Planning was once a fairly linear pursuit, performed by various professionals in individual silos. This might have resulted in a space with adequate buildings and highways, but not necessarily a place where people wanted to be. By contrast, “place management” requires a more holistic, systems-based approach, says Richard Bradley, an instructor in Georgetown’s graduate program in Urban & Regional Planning. Here Kent and Bradley talk with Faculty Director Uwe Brandes about how these concepts are changing architecture and urban planning.

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