Placemaking Network at the Boston Society of Architects/AIA
The Placemaking Network was launched by Christina Lanzl at the Boston Society of Architects/American Institute of Architects in spring 2008 following a planning effort with a launch committee in fall 2007. She co-chaired the committed together with Robert Tullis, Vice President/Director of Design at GID Urban Development Group through 2019, taking a leave of absence from 2012-14.
Lanzl received a Recognition of Service award from the Boston Society of Architects/AIA in 2019, for "work, time, creativity and knowledge as Committee Chair for the Placemaking Network."
The Placemaking Network is dedicated to interdisciplinary dialogue and education on a holistic regard of the public realm. A monthly seminar series in the spring and fall features a program of speaker presentations followed by a facilitated discussion. Presentations by noted speakers and discussions focus on what makes public spaces successful. Participants investigate the public realm through exchange among art and design professionals, urban planners, landscape designers, architects, students and the public.
The BSA Placemaking Network celebrated its 10-year anniversary with the release of the Placemaking Manifesto in November 2017. To solicit community input the Manifesto was launched at a public writers' workshop with the co-authors, Christina Lanzl, Robert Tullis and Anne-Catrin Schultz at BSA Space in Boston on October 23, 2017.
Read the Placemaking Manifesto Blog
Design Excellence in Public Places
Special projects have included the daylong symposium Design Excellence in Public Places, co-chaired by Rosalyn Elder and Christina Lanzl in a joint undertaking with the BSA’s Public Art Initiative at the 2009 Build Boston Convention. The proceedings feature select public art and integrated design projects by Massachusetts agencies/ authorities, municipalities, institutions, and the private sector. Topics include the typology of art in public places, funding models and best practices.
Placemaking Network Seminars
A monthly seminar series focused on placemaking topics is offered, usually on the 4th Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the BSA Space, 290 Congress Street in Boston. All sessions are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. AIA continuing education credits are offered. Archived programs can be accessed below.
Placemaking Network Seminars 2019
Placemaking Network Seminars 2018
Placemaking Network Seminars 2017
Placemaking Network Seminars 2016
Placemaking Network Seminars 2015
Placemaking Network Seminars 2012
Placemaking Network Seminars 2011
Placemaking Network Seminars 2010
Placemaking Network Seminars 2009
Placemaking Network Seminars 2008