We started PlacemakingUS at 2019's International Placemaking Week with a mission to bring together placemakers from US cities and around the world.
We were inspired by the launches of Placemaking Europe, Placemaking Asia and a dozen other regional placemaking networks that span the globe in collaboration through PlacemakingX.
Since Covid-19 struck in 2020, we quickly dashed our in-person plans for Placemaking Festivals in Portland, Long Beach and Philadelphia, and pivoted towards online interactions including webinars, international placemaking "tool tests," Zoom workgroups, in-person check-ins when safe, and we even commissioned a series of volunteer cross-country projects.
Facing an incredibly unique set of circumstances in our first full-year, we are excited to share the work that was done towards our goal of fostering a network to bring US-based placemakers together to spread innovations and support and share in the good work from across the country and around the globe.
Last year was a derailing surprise to us all, but 2020 also created a unique moment to launch our PlacemakingUS network. Covid-19 both helped and hindered our hit-the-ground-running start to PlacemakingUS' work connecting US practitioners to support each other and connect with our sister global placemaking networks organized under PlacemakingX.
Please take a moment to read about the activities and interactions the network is fostering and the cool programs and projects that we were able to collaborate on, learn and share together. We look forward to working with you in 2021 to continue and build upon this exciting momentum.