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Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Their pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.


PPS was founded in 1975 to expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, the author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Since then PPS completed projects in over 2500 communities in 40 countries and all 50 US states. Partnering with public and private organizations, federal, state and municipal agencies, business improvement districts, neighborhood associations and other civic groups, they improve communities by fostering successful public spaces. They work on multi-use-destinations, campuses, markets, public buildings, streets and transits, waterfronts, squares and parks.


In addition to leading projects in their nine program areas, PPS also trains more than 10,000 people every year and reaches countless more through our websites and publications. PPS has become an internationally recognized center for resources, tools and inspiration about Placemaking.


Through research, conferences, and strategic partnerships, PPS promotes Placemaking as a transformative agenda to address some of the most pressing issues of our time. In its broadest application, Placemaking is a catalyst for building healthy, sustainable and economically viable cities of the future.



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Type of initiative Knowledge/advice organization, Information/network organization
Field of work Services, other, Knowledge and information
Date of commencement 1975
Legal form Non profit organisation
Continent North America
Country USA
City New York
One or several keywords that describe your initiative Urban development, public space, participation
Publications newsletters, books, publications, research
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Brendan Crain


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Name PPS
Address 419 Lafayette Street, Seventh Floor
Zip/postal code NY 10003
Place New York
State/province New York
Country USA
Phone +1 212 620 5660



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