Placemaking Network at the Boston Society of Architects
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 Placemaking Network was launched by Christina Lanzl at the Boston Society of Architects in spring 2008. Christina took a leave of absence from 2012 to 2014. In spring 2015 she rejoined current Placemaking Network chair Robert Tullis, Vice President/Director of Design at GID Urban Development Group, together with Natalie Adams, Principal of Pate Adams Landscape Architects.
Seminar sessions are typically the fourth Monday of the month, at 6pm at BSA Space, 290 Congress Street in Boston. They are free and open to all. To preregister for a session, please visit the BSA Placemaking Network webpage.
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 Seminar Series 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.