Many cases across the world show that urban public spaces are no longer the exclusive domain of the local government. They create a perfect setting for urban planners, architects, private investors and managers to show their talents, as they are more and more eager to ensure that public parts and surroundings of their buildings meet the needs of residents of modern cities. Creating such places will be the main theme of the upcoming PLACES + SPACES meeting organised on 19 June in Warsaw by the Urban Land Institute.
Partnership between the local government and the private sector is currently one of the main ways to create attractive public spaces – new town squares, green areas and other places that attract locals and tourists alike. An important point of discussion is also the role of traditional high streets, which are changing their character as a result of the growing significance of e-commerce.
At the upcoming PLACES + SPACES meeting, Andrew Phipps, CEO, Intelligent Horizons and former Executive Director, UK & EMEA Research at CBRE, will discuss analysing and predicting trends and taking into account social and technological changes in placemaking. Hugh Stewart, Partner at Foster + Partners, will share his perspective as an architect on the intermingling of public spaces and private development. The meeting will be hosted by Martin Barry, Founder and Chairman, reSITE, an international organisation committed to improving cities through proper planning, quality architecture and innovation culture.
Each PLACES + SPACES meeting is accompanied by a discussion panel with local experts. Experts who will discuss instruments that encourage real estate developers to co-create, design, manage and animate public spaces at the June event include: Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for the Economy; Mark Kubaczka, Partner at the Warsaw studio architecture; and Maciej Zajdel, Managing Director and Board Member at Kulczyk Silverstein Properties.
“Creating public spaces is an investment that pays off to all interested parties. These are places that channel the energy of residents, offering them experiences such as the ability to relax, express their emotions or pursue their interests. I hope that we will effectively inspire PLACES + SPACES participants to pay even more attention to this unique aspect of the everyday functioning of cities. I encourage all professionals who have an impact on the shape and functions of new or regenerated public spaces to join us, especially as we are halfway through our series,” said John Banka, Chairman of Urban Land Institute Poland.
The PLACES + SPACES series is held under the auspices of Mayor of Warsaw.
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