Project for Public Spaces

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Project for Public Spaces
HeadquartersKent, New York

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit organization based in New York dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build communities, in an effort often termed placemaking.[1]

Planning and design rooted in the community form the cornerstone of PPS's work. Building on the techniques of William H. Whyte's "Street Life Project", this approach involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people in a community to discover their needs and aspirations. It was founded in 1975[2] by Fred Kent.[3]

Some projects include the redesign of congested intersections in New York to be used for public use (including Times Square and Astor Place). This project was set into motion by Ethan Kent, a 22-year employee with PPS.[4]


  1. ^ Byles, Jeff: "Taking Back the Streets", in The New York Times April 6, 2008, retrieved 3 April 2010
  2. ^ Design, Bruce Mau. "Project for Public Spaces". Bruce Mau Design. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  3. ^ Festing, Harrier (1 May 2001). "Turning public space around". Town and Country Planning. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Ethan Kent '98 Discusses Remaking Spaces with the Placemaking Movement". News. Retrieved 2023-03-17.

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