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Connect at Placemaking Week 2019

We’re excited about Placemaking Week coming to town and would love for you to get involved. There are a handful of different ways from attending free and open to the public events to volunteering at the conference, the Chattanooga community has a variety of ways to participate in this unique 4 day event.


People who live within a 100 miles of Chattanooga have several unique opportunities to attend Placemaking Week


Volunteers will welcome conference go-ers at events throughout the conference and will receive a conference ticket equal to the amount of time they volunteer.


Join us for one or several free local events taking place during Placemaking Week. From storytelling to crowdfunding workshops, these events will equip local placemakers to make places for people.

Meet Placemakers from around the world.


During this four day conference architects, urban designers, grassroots leaders, city planners, community advocates and activists will come together from around the world to share ideas, strategies and struggles around placemaking and making public places for the community.

These placemaking professionals will be bringing with them experiences, ideas and inspiration and connections. Chattanooga is excited to learn alongside these placemakers.

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Conference focus areas…

Placemaking & Placekeeping
Equitable Development
Music, Art, and Culture
Healthy Places
Streets as Places
Rural Placemaking
Creative Placemaking
Environmental Sustainability
Innovative Community Engagement Processes
Urban Farming/Community Gardening
Overcoming Physical Barriers
Places of Worship + Placemaking in our Communities
Innovative Infrastructure Projects

Curious about some of the breakout sessions you can expect to see this year? Here's a small taste of what's in store:

  • This isn't child's play! What happens when you actually ask children to design their playground? - Kaboom, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, City of Detroit, Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance

  • Fostering Innovation in Rural Communities Through Place-Based Initiatives - Levitt Foundation, Poesis Design and Planning, Main Street America

  • The Placemakers Guide to Equitable Engagement & Decision Making - Concordia Architects, NOLA

  • Placemaking and Social Inclusion: Engaging Underserved Populations to Create Vibrant Public Spaces - Fountainhouse, Downtown Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress

Take a look at the program at a glance, to understand the overview of events and activities over the main conference days. CHECK OUT THE FULL PROGRAM HERE


What is placemaking?

Placemaking is creating and sustaining public places that build stronger communities. It inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public places as the heart of every community and can focus on many different goals.

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Meet Local Placemakers and their projects



The organizers of Book Fiesta in East Lake recreate larger than life installations based on the illustrations in the children’s book “Book Fiesta.” It’s in celebration of Children’s Day/World Book day each year in April and includes reading, gardening, painting, soccer, bubbles, and chalk drawing.



Bingo’s Market

BINGO’S Market opened from a community effort, with the aim of providing convenient and affordable food downtown. The idea for the store came from conversations had over games of BINGO between city workers and residents of Patten Towers.




Black Fridays is a series of festival-like events, held on Friday evenings, focused on economic development within African American communities. The events provide space for Black-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists, along with food and live entertainment.



GLASS Street live

Glass Street LIVE is an annual block party that aims to build a sense of place in East Chattanooga. With creative activities, live entertainment and food the party has turned into vibrant annual event, attracting over 500 people from the neighborhood and beyond.


The utility cabinet on 7th and Market Streets is covered with the artwork “Unexpected Aquarium” by Keith Finch.

The utility cabinet on 7th and Market Streets is covered with the artwork “Unexpected Aquarium” by Keith Finch.


ArtSpark is a program that covers downtown traffic signal boxes with art designs printed on vinyl from local artists and students. It’s a collaboration between River City Company, Public Art Chattanooga, Chattanooga Department of Transportation and EPB.