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The Future Of Public Spaces And Placemaking: June 2020 Summary of Findings from the Knight + Urbanism Next Portland Workshop
The Urbanism Next Center at the University of Oregon, in partnership with Alta Planning + Design, Spirit for Change, and Metro hosted the Future of Public Spaces and Placemaking workshop on January 24th, 2020. This one-day workshop, supported by the Knight Foundation, brought together a wide range of community activists, government officials, policymakers, urbanists, planners, designers, technology representatives, and other professionals to share ideas and concerns, and to discuss emerging technologies such as new mobility, Mobility as a Service (MaaS), autonomous vehicles (AVs), and e-commerce, and their impacts on urban space and placemaking. The workshop concluded with a site-specific charrette aimed at investigating how communities can best prepare for these changes and adapt their public spaces to create places that are resilient, dynamic, equitable, and sustainable.
Streets are places. They should be invested in, evaluated, and celebrated as
The value of people, place, equity and experience will only increase.
Even in a more digital future these things matter most. Human connection must
be prioritized over connected technology.
Geographies will vary in the ability to address the coming changes.
Areas of growth and investment will have more power to enact policy and
E-commerce effects are not limited to retail. It is both a transportation and
an economic issue as well.
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