Placemaking Week 2024
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Thursday, June 6 • 4:15pm - 5:30pm
SHORT TALKS: Filling Vacancies: Reusing Storefronts, Alleys, and Empty Lots

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This Short Talk session will feature presentations that that focus on activating, programming or developing places that were previously vacant, underused or underutilized.

Short Talks are moderated lighting round sessions with multiple short presentations, featuring presenters who will be speaking on a related topic. They are a great way to hear a range of cases, geographies, perspectives and sub-topics within one space!

Presentation titles and speakers:

Heidi Yougha Cho - "Breaking Boundaries: Placemaking Initiatives with Stationary and Mobile Cultural Platforms for Inclusive Urban Spaces in Seoul"

Simon Bertrang - "Vacant to Vibrant: An Public/Private Partnership to Reenergize Downtown San Francisco"

Tina Govan - "Neighborhood Placemaking Sheds: Strengthening the social and cultural life of neighborhoods from the bottom up, street by street"

Lisbeth Iversen - "From Empty Places to Sparkling Spaces through Co-creation, Placemaking and Place Leadership in Arendal City Center, Norway"

Alan Chan - "The Chinatown Night Market: Empowering Grassroot Visions through Community-led Design"

Alexis Rourk Reyes - "From Unused Place to a Vibrant Public Space: Community-Based Revitalization of the Cascade Park Gasification Plant Superfund Site"

Ilana Preuss - "5 Steps for Increased Economic Mobility Through Shared Spaces, Storefronts, and Local Businesses"

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Tina Govan

Principal, Placemaking Studio
Tina holds a Master of Architecture from MIT and is principal of her own firm in Raleigh, NC. A hybrid architect/placemaker, she’s designed schools, public baths, community centers, parks, pop-up markets, parklets and street activations, from NC neighborhoods to West African vi... Read More →
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Lisbeth Iversen

Leader/Public Sector PhD Candidate, Arendal Municipality/AHO
Lisbeth Iversen is the leader of the network With a Heart For Arendal. She is finalizing her Public Sector Phd at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, NORWAY. Her topics are Participatory Planning, Co-creation, Place-making, Place-leadership... Read More →
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Ilana Preuss

Founder & CEO, Recast City LLC
Ilana Preuss is the Founder of Recast City LLC, a consulting firm that works with local leaders, real estate developers, city and other civic leaders to integrate space for small-scale producers into redevelopment projects and place-based economic development. She is passionate about... Read More →
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Alan Chan

Designer, di Domenico + Partners
Alan is a designer and project manager at di Domenico + Partners. Bringing with him degrees in both architecture and urban planning, his diverse portfolio focuses on civic projects ranging from architectural designs to community projects throughout NYC.
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Alexis Rourk-Reyes

U.S. EPA, Superfund Redevelopment Program Manager, U.S. EPA
Alexis Rourk Reyes serves as Superfund Redevelopment Program Manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Program helps communities reuse formerly contaminated land through tools, partnerships and activities, aiming to provide long-impacted communities... Read More →
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Heidi Youngha Cho

founder/director, domansa
Heidi Cho, an architect and urban planner with a bachelor's degree in architecture from RISD, combines her expertise with urban planning studies at Harvard. In 2019 she founded Domansa in Seoul. Domansa focuses on research, publications, and action-oriented projects to enhance local... Read More →
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Simon Bertrang

Executive Director, SF New Deal

Thursday June 6, 2024 4:15pm - 5:30pm EDT
The Garage