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Thursday, October 12

11:15 CEST

Short Talks: Cultures & Contexts
From a look at challenges facing Telok Ayer Park in Singapore to a discussion of placemaking in the Russian context, this session of short presentations explores the role of culture and context in placemaking.


From Space to Place in Rural Africa
Elizelle Cilliers (Potchefstroom, South Africa)

Siberian Public Spaces: Life in Any Weather
Katya Goldberg (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Placemaking in the Asian Tropics
Adib Jalal (Singapore)

Design the Right of Play for Children, by Children
Ying-Tzu Lin (Taipai, Taiwan)

Seating for Socializing
Francesco Rossini (Hong Kong)

Bringing Cak Markeso Back to Life
David Sagita (Surabaya, Indonesia) 

Transforming La Marina de Valencia
Ramon Marrades Sempere (Valencia, Spain)

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Anna Siprikova

Senior Project Associate, Project for Public Spaces
I am an urban planner specializing in placemaking, community engagement, and translating public input and human behavior analysis into urban design. At Project for Public Spaces, I am a core team member for Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grants Program, an innovative and... Read More →

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Elizelle Cilliers

Professor Urban Planning, North-West University
Elizelle is the chair of Urban and Regional Planning at the North West University. She has an established publication record and currently 3 PhD students working on "place-making" for Africa.
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Katya Goldberg

Partner, Orchestra Design
Katya has been leading a few major place-making and cultural regeneration projects in Russia. She is currently working on the concept and programme for the new creative cluster at Octava microphone factory in Tula that will be devoted to the theme of new productivity in cities. She... Read More →
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Adib Jalal

Director, Shophouse & Co
Everything related to placemaking! Some topics: Placemaking in Asia, Place Activation, Business Improvement Districts, Placemaking Strategy, Impact Measurement, Running a Placemaking Consultancy.
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Ying-Tzu Lin

Editor and co-founder, Eyes on Places
Editor and co-founder of mandarin media website focus on public space issue advocate 'Eyes on Places'. Guest editor at Architecture In Development. Currently PhD researcher at University of Amsterdam.
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Ramon Marrades

Chief Strategy Officer, La Marina de València
Ramon is an urban economist and activist turned a creative bureaucrat and placemaker. He is currently the chief strategy officer at La Marina de València, Valencia’s waterfront redevelopment agency and a board member of the Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP). Ramon is co-editor... Read More →
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Francesco Rossini

Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Francesco is an architect, urban designer and Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In 2014 he completed his PhD at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He participated in different research programmes, collaborating with the Department of Urbanism... Read More →
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David Sagita

Public Space Specialist, United Cities and Local Government Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC)
I'm an architect and lecturer in the architecture department of University 17 Agustus 1945 Surabaya. Currently, I'm working at UCLG ASPAC as Public Space Specialist. My latest project is making small public space in Kampung Ketandan Surabaya, East Java. At present, I working two... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 11:15 - 12:30 CEST
PDZ Floor 2: Grote Zaal (Great Hall) Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam, Netherlands

13:30 CEST

Short Talks: Data & Research
From an experiment exploring how psychological ownership relates to perceptions of publicness, to a look at the effects of crowds on the sociability of public spaces, this session of short presentations on data and research will dive deep into metrics and analysis of public spaces and placemaking.


Liberty Bell: A Field Audit for Cyclists
Conor Cahill (Dublin, Ireland)

Baltimore, YNOT!
Jennifer Goold (Baltimore, MD, USA)

Measuring Social Placemaking, One Conversation at a Time
Philippa Hughes (Washington, DC, USA)

Urban95: If you could experience a city from an elevation of 95cm, what would you do differently?

Ardan Kockelkoren (The Hague, Netherlands)

Psychological Ownership of Public Spaces
Hanna Negami (Toronto, ON, Canada)

The Soundscape Approach to Placemaking
Antonella Radicchi (Berlin, Germany)

Turtles & Rabbits of the City: How Do Different Types of Pedestrian Movement Affect Sociability of Public Spaces? 
by Shaghayegh Tavakoli (Stockholm, Sweden)

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Daniel Latorre

Senior Fellow, Digital Placemaking, Project for Public Spaces
Daniel set up PPS’ Digital Placemaking program starting in January of 2010. He set up this practice at PPS to authentically marry Placemaking with current online civic engagement best practices and build the right staffing mix to communicate it. Since February of 2013 Daniel moved... Read More →

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Conor Cahill

Social Innovator, Fluidedge Innovation
With a diverse background in digital user experience, industrial design and a passion for bicycling advocacy in Dublin, Conor is the social innovator behind Liberty Bell - a smart city bicycle bell which is helping inform the conversation about bicycling and public spaces.
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Jennifer Goold

Executive Director, The Neighborhood Design Center
Jennifer Goold joined the Neighborhood Design Center in 2012 after more than a decade of work in cultural resources management, historic preservation, development and planning. At NDC, she directs all aspects of the center’s operations including staff, programs, outreach, and fundraising... Read More →
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Philippa Hughes

Social Sculptor + Creative Placemaker, Philippa Hughes
Philippa P.B. Hughes is a creative placemaker and social sculptor who designs art-fueled projects, connects people who would not normally meet in meaningful, humanizing dialogue, and catalyzes the curious to participate, innovate, act, and conspire with passion, generosity, empathy... Read More →
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Ardan Kockelkoren

Research Analyst, Bernard van Leer Foundation
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Hanna Negami

Doctoral Candidate, University of Waterloo
Hanna is a PhD candidate in cognitive neuroscience working at the Urban Realities Laboratory at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests include how built environments can induce awe, as well as how people perceive and interact with public and private spaces.
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Antonella Radicchi

IPODI-Marie Curie fellow, Technical University of Berlin
I am a registered architect, PhD in Urban Design and soundscape researcher, currently working on my project "Beyond the Noise: Open Source Soundscapes" which investigates the concept of quietness and how it impacts on placemaking in cities, by applying the citizen science paradigm... Read More →
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Shaghayegh Tavakoli

Student and researcher, The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Gemeente Amsterdam
Shaghayegh conducted her masters thesis in the field of sustainable urban planning. She studied in KTH Stockholm and worked for Gemeente Amsterdam for her research. She has an engineering bachelor in built environment from KTH, and has studied in Milan, Italy and researched in Amsterdam... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 13:30 - 14:45 CEST
PDZ Floor 2: Grote Zaal (Great Hall) Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friday, October 13

10:45 CEST

Short Talks: Community Process

From embracing serendipitous encounters to resolving paradoxes to arts-based brainstorming techniques, this session of short presentations is all about engaging communities in new ways.


Place to Meet Friends in Mexico City
Guillermo Bernal (Mexico City, Mexico)

Smart Cities Can Still Be Dumb
Adam Green (San Francisco, CA, USA) 

Empowerment in Public Space
Leonardo Brawl Márquez (Porto Alegre, Brazil)

Big Change by Small Encounters: Field Notes from Placemakers
Païvi Raivio (Helsinki, Finland)

From Trash Alley to Alley Garden
Emilie Roell (Yangon, Myanmar)  

Reimagining Public Spaces through Ping Pong
Renée Miles Rooijmans (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

What Can Placemakers Learn from Paradox Scholars?
Ieva Rozentale (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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Philip Winn

Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
Philip Winn is a Vice President at Project for Public Spaces and core team member for the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program. He has helped develop, design, manage, and implement multiple “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” projects at PPS including Belle Isle Summer Saturdays... Read More →

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Guillermo Bernal

Founder & Director, Lugares Públicos
Guillermo is the founder of Mexico City base Lugares Públicos, He obtained the degree on Master of Science in Urban Studies from the University of Brussels, University of Vienna, University of Copenhagen and the Complutense University of Madrid. He is partner in México for PPS in... Read More →
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Adam Green

Founder, Public Recreation
As a passionate urbanist and project lead for Rebar Group and the Exploratorium, Adam has worked with a broad range of disciplines to realize projects of all scales existing at the intersection of art, science, design, and education to make cities more emotionally and socially sustainable... Read More →
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Leonardo Brawl Márquez

Co-Founder, TransLAB.URB
I’m a musician, social activist and also a architect & urban planner, co-founder of TransLAB - Research Institute for Social Innovation, developing projects inside of TransLAB.URB, a group focused on urban research, mapping, gentrification, occupations, hacker urbanism, urban acupuncture... Read More →
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Païvi Raivio

Artist, designer, placemaker, RaivioBumann -collective
Päivi Raivio is an artist and designer with the RaivioBumann artist-designer collective. The collective designs and transforms public spaces, wastelands and in-between-spaces with permanent or temporary installations. Their background and experience in public art, set design and... Read More →
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Emilie Roell

Founder & Co-Director, Doh Eain
Emilie Röell is a development consultant and social entrepreneur based in Yangon since 2013. An anthropologist by training, she is interested in creating solutions that make use of and preserve cultural and natural capital while creating sustainable community impact. Emilie is the... Read More →
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Renée Miles Rooijmans

Co-founder, frida&frank
Renée Miles Rooijmans, anthropologist and gardener, originally from the Netherlands, is one of the founders of frida&frank. She is currently involved in several placemaking projects in Vancouver with a focus on seasonal effective design. Renée has previously set up placemaking... Read More →
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Ieva Rozentale

Co-founder, nēbetjā
Ieva is the co-founder of placemaking team "nēbetjā" and a researcher at Amsterdam Business School. Ieva's professional experience and interests combine strategic management, particularly in beyond-profit settings, with topics related to creativity, design, and urban planning... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 10:45 - 12:00 CEST
PDZ Floor 2: Grote Zaal (Great Hall) Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam, Netherlands

13:00 CEST

Short Talks: Ethics & Equity

From the shaping of public spaces by private interests in Cape Town to transforming slums from “zones of danger” into “zones of peace” in Venezuela, this session of short talks focuses on topics that relate to ethics,  equity, and inclusion in placemaking.


Open Streets Cape Town: Joys and Challenges
Marcela Guerrero Casas (Cape Town, South Africa)

Gigantic Micro-Interventions: Public Spaces in Venezuela
Vanessa Catalano (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Yu Lok Lane: Hong Kong Top-Down or Bottom Up?
Judy Chan (Hong Kong)

Inclusive placemaking at the Ceuvel in Amsterdam North: Production of Build & Design Sessions and How to Measure their Impact
Roos Gerritsma (Amsterdam) 

Excavating Place: Indigenous Place Making
Sam Mukwa Kloetstra (Toronto, ON, Canada)

Placemaking When Black Lives Matter
Annette Koh (Honolulu, HI, USA)

"Sit-ability": Have you ever seen a Living Room without a Couch
Jenny Leuba (Zurich, Switzerland)

Is this park for US?
Joe Sikora (New Jersey, USA)

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Annah MacKenzie

Director of Communications, Project for Public Spaces

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Marcela Guerrero Casas

Co-Founder & CEO, Open Streets
Marcela is passionate about cities, public space and most importantly, people. Her personal and professional drive emanates from connecting with others and contributing to improve the place where she lives. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Marcela lived in the US for most of... Read More →
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Vanessa Catalano

Vanessa is a Venezuelan architect based in the Netherlands since 2012, where she graduated with an MA in the Design Cultures program. In both capital cities, Caracas and Amsterdam, she has collaborated with spacemakers and has been involved with playful teaching programs. Her subjects... Read More →
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Judy Chan

Community Placemaker / Event Organizer, Sai Wan Concern / Community Cinema
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Roos Gerritsma

Researcher and Lecturer, University of Applied Sciences Inholland
Projectleader Field Lab Amsterdam North Urban SociologistLecturer at Bachelor Creative BusinessTopics: Leisure, Tourism, Inclusive City, City makers, innovation, community building.Working always in a network construction of students, city makers, entrepreneurs, municipality etc... Read More →
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Sam Mukwa Kloetstra

Indigenous Youth Advisor & Co Founder, Indigenous Place Making Council
Sam Mukwa Kloetstra is an Indigenous Anishinaabe youth from Mattagami First Nation in what is now known as Canada. He is a strong advocate for the creation of Indigenous spaces, cultural revitalization, and community wellbeing. His passion in place making began when he moved from... Read More →
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Annette Koh

Ph.D. candidate / lecturer, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Annette is a Ph.D. candidate in urban planning with a research focus on temporary placemaking, urban commons and equity and engagement in planning.
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Jenny Leuba

Project Manager, Swiss Pedestrian Association
Jenny is fascinated with how people use public spaces, especially by foot, and specialised in qualitative methodologies, particularly while walking through the cities. She is a geographer and also studied medias, working mainly for the French speaking part of Switzerland.
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Joe Sikora

President, Sikora Wells Appel
Joe's work involves iterative placemaking design to help activate underutilized urban public spaces and guide more permanent future improvements. Successful experiments include Roosevelt Plaza Park in Camden, NJ, Philadelphia Pop-Up Pool Projects, and City Hall Courtyard, Philadelphia... Read More →

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

14:30 CEST

Short Talks: Public Sector, Public Space

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

Senior Urban Designer / Policy Planner and Adjunct Professor, Architecture, SF Planning Department and California College of the Arts
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