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Friday, October 13 • 14:30 - 16:00
Short Talks: Public Sector, Public Space

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From the need for a better planning process in booming Silicon Valley to the innovative reuse of Montreal’s Olympic Park, this session of short presentations will focus on placemaking with, within and without government.


Les Jardineries: Reinventing an Olympic Park
Maxim Bragoli (Montreal, QC, Canada)

New York City’s Public Plaza Program: Transforming streets for people
Donovan Finn (New York, NY, USA) 

The Paradox of Limitations
Jia-Ping Lee (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) 

Democratizing Place Policy
Robin Abad Ocubillo (San Francisco, CA, USA)

A Placemaking Policy for Thessaloniki
Maria Sitzoglou (Thessaloniki, Greece) 

Baby Steps in #SiliconValley
Kirk Vartan (San Jose, CA, USA) 

Connecting Departments & Communities in Skawina
Maciej Zacher (Skawina, Poland)

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Mark Plotz

Vice President & Director, National Center for Bicycling and Walking, PPS
Mark Plotz is Program Director of the National Center for Bicycling &Walking (NCBW), which became part of Project for Public Spaces in 2011. Mark beings nearly a decade of experience in bicycle and pedestrian planning and advocacy to PPS: he has extensive experience in Safe Routes... Read More →

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Maxim Bragoli

Co-founder, La Pépinière | Espaces collectifs
Maxim Bragoli co-founded La Pépinière, a placemaking non-profit organization that draws on a multidisciplinary team to develop innovative collective urban projects, from the design phase to business plan development, programming and site management. Over the past three years, he... Read More →
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Donovan Finn

Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University
Donovan Finn is an urban planner and Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning, Policy and Design in the Sustainability Studies Program and School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. He studies urban policies related to sustainability, resilience, climate... Read More →
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Jia-Ping Lee

Program Director, Head of Corporate Communications, Think City
Jia Ping is the Programme Director for Think City Sdn Bhd, a community-based urban rejuvenation organization, and a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad (the strategic investment fund of the Malaysian government). Think City’s main goal is to create more liveable and resilient... Read More →
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Robin Abad Ocubillo

Citywide Permits Ombuds, City of Oakland, San Francisco Bay Area, California
Robin Abad Ocubillo has worked for over a decade in civic innovation in public space design, planning, evaluation, and policy. He is currently Senior Planner and Urban Designer with the San Francisco Planning Department, where he leads Places for People, the first placemaking legislation... Read More →
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Maria Sitzoglou

Consultant for Participatory Planning and Community Engagement, 100 Resilient Cities - Resilient Thessaloniki, Municipality of Thessaloniki
Maria Sitzoglou is an Architect - Urban Designer, currently working as a Consultant of Urban Resilience within the program “100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation” for the City of Thessaloniki,Greece. Her specific focus is on Participatory Planning projects... Read More →
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Kirk Vartan

Problem Solver, A Slice of New York
Kirk Vartan is a native New Yorker, NBC technologist, former hi-tech professional, community activist, and founder of two pizza shops in San Jose/Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. Kirk is a strong advocate of smart urban developments, transportation solutions, and is currently helping... Read More →
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Maciej Zacher

Mobility Urbanist, Municipality of Skawina
Maciej is a mobility urbanist at Municipality of Skawina.  He thinks that the best mobility plan is a good land use plan, and works with local communities empowering them and promoting placemaking as strategy. Within his department they try to work out of the silo and across other... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 14:30 - 16:00 CEST
PDZ Floor 2: Grote Zaal (Great Hall) Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam, Netherlands