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Public Talk: Creating Great Places

Public Talk: Creating Great Places

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  • Wed 17 Oct ’18, 5:30pm – 7:00pm


UCOL Institute of Technology, Cnr King & Princess Sts, Palmerston North


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Want to know the ingredients to what makes a great place? Come and hear esteemed international commentators on public space and placemaking Ethan Kent and Neil McInroy.

This public talk is free and open to everyone. You don't need more than a vague interest in great places and neighbourhoods for this to spark interest. Whether you are keen in getting to know your neighbours more to a retailer wanting to know what experiences attract people, you will not want to miss Ethan and Neil while in the country.

Ethan Kent is the Senior Vice President for the leading global placemaking advocacy group Project for Public Spaces:

"Having worked on over 200 PPS projects, Ethan has led a broad spectrum of Placemaking efforts, providing comprehensive public engagement, user-analysis, planning and visioning for high profile public spaces on six continents. Utilizing lessons learned through his project work, Ethan regularly creates and conducts Placemaking training courses, including: city planning staff in Vancouver and Toronto; community development corporations in Detroit; public housing developers in Sweden; traffic engineers in New Jersey; the public works department of Quito, Ecuador; planners and developers in Pimpri-Chinchwad, India; the leadership of Durban, South Africa; and Main Street managers in Wyoming. He has also trained thousands of professionals across Australia and New Zealand, building the Placemaking movement there over the last decade."

Neil is the CEO for the Manchester-based Centre for Local Economic Strategies:

"A leading commentator on economic development and public policy, Neil has featured in Local Government Chronicle’s annual top 50 most influential people in local government. He has been involved in public sector policy and delivery for over 25 years.

Neil has collaborated with a broad range of local, regional and national governments and agencies across UK and in Europe, Asia, US and Australasia. His particular skills are in strategic policy, local economic and social research, analysis and development; research methodologies and facilitation."

Come and be inspired by international success stories and lessons for placemaking that you can take back and use in your own neighbourhoods and streets.

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