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Pratt Institute’s May symposium will explore the relationship between theory and practice in modern placemaking

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Pratt Institute's May symposium will explore the relationship of theory and practice in modern placemaking. (Courtesy The Pratt Institute)
Pratt Institute's May symposium will explore the relationship of theory and practice in modern placemaking. (Courtesy The Pratt Institute)

The Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment is putting together a day of discussions this May 13 to dive deeper into the theory and practice of placemaking.

This symposium, titled “Making Sense of Place: Place Theory and Placemaking in Practice,” will focus on the intersections of academic theory and practical urban placemaking across four sessions led by current practitioners and theorists of place and placemaking, including:

  • Eve Baron, chairperson of Pratt’s Center for Planning and the Environment Grad Center for Planning
  • David Burney, director of Pratt’s Urban Placemaking and Management program
  • Tim Cresswell, dean of the faculty, vice president for academic affairs, and professor of American studies, Hartford, Connecticut’s Trinity College
  • Setha Low, professor, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York
  • Sean Anderson, associate curator, Museum of Modern Art
  • Kim Dovey, professor of architecture & urban design, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne

These speakers will ask the tough questions, exploring the potential of placemaking to relieve mistrust in the government, integrate displaced people into communities, help understand complex urban issues, and support under-served communities.

The symposium will take place on May 13 at Higgins Hall Auditorium at Pratt University’s campus in Brooklyn. For more information about the event schedule and to purchase tickets for the event, you can visit the website here.

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