----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 07/31/2003 04:36 AM -----
"Ethan Kent" <ekent@...
07/25/2003 03:15 PM
To: "Ethan Kent" <ekent@...
Subject: Invitation for Students of Placemaking
"There is very little training in how to create places. Schools don't
train students to create places. They teach them to design or to build
or to study behavior, but not how to use their professional training to
tap into the creativity of the community, to help them to create a
vision, and to function as a resource in implementing that vision." --
"How To Turn a Place Around" by PPS
Should planning and design professions be relegated to merely processing
information, prescribing and defending solutions, and convincing people
to accept their plans?
How can professional education help ground planning and design in the
common sense of places and free it from the strict boundaries of
disciplines? How can we bring practitioners closer to the communities
they are meant to serve?
If these questions are of concern to you, we would like to ask for your
help in developing a campaign to instill more community driven,
place-based approaches in planning and design education.
This Fall, Project for Public Spaces ( www.pps.org <http://www.pps.org/
) is launching a new placemaking education network for students and
educators. We are planning on developing a website, listserv,
curriculum, and other resources to facilitate new approaches in schools
and professional programs. So that this campaign best reflects your
ideas and aspirations, we would greatly appreciate your contributions.
If you are interested in getting involved and collaborating with PPS on
this initiative, please reply to this email.
We also encourage you to participate in a related campaign organized
through Planners Network ( www.plannersnetwork.org
> ), the international association of
progressive planning. This summer, Planners Network has launched a
student outreach campaign, mobilizing physical, social, economic, and
environmental planning students to establish local progressive planning
groups, and supporting these groups to organize progressive events in
their communities. If you are interested in joining a Planners Network
group near you, please read the announcement attached below and contact
Please forward this email to anyone you feel may be interested.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Project for Public Spaces, Inc.
153 Waverly Place, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Project for Public Spaces
building community - creating places - using common sense
parks & plazas - markets - transportation - civic design
26 years - 1000 communities - 46 states - 12 countries
training & education - publications - planning & visioning
become a member - visit our website www.pps.org
Planners Network Student Campaign
Planners Network, the international association of progressive planning,
welcomes all student planners to get involved in our new student
campaign. The Planners Network 2003-2004 Campus Drive provides support
for students to organize local progressive planning events and
initiatives, aiming to generate increased student and community interest
in progressive planning.
The campaign hopes to demonstrate that there is a viable alternative to
the traditional planning establishment and that planners can indeed be
advocates for social change, contrary to what students hear from many
professors and professional planning associations. We are therefore
inviting students to join PN and establish local PN chapters, to better
incorporate progressive principles and ideas into planning education and
to create focal points for local planning action.
Students who join PN and form a local chapter will be eligible to
receive financial support and other benefits. PN can provide up to $500
per campus for student events, along with copies of Planners Network
magazine, brochures, and student orientation materials. New chapters may
also benefit from reduced PN membership deals, publicity on the PN
website, and opportunities for networking with other progressive
planning students and PN members.
Students are encouraged to take action at both the local level and in
the broader context of Planners Network, through a variety of
- organizing panel discussions, workshops, design charettes, a speaker
series, or other events;
- producing newsletters, articles, or other publications;
- working with faculty to develop a more progressive curriculum;
- engaging in critical projects related to local planning issues;
- contributing to the PN magazine, newsletter, listserv, or website;
- planning a workshop or event for the June 2004 PN conference in New
For more information or to get involved, please email