“Placemaking Week JAPAN 2021” Japan’s First International Placemaking Conference [Online]
A week full of discovery where placemakers from all around the world will network and discuss ideas and methods of placemaking and the potential of public spaces in and after the pandemic | Friday, 12th March – Wednesday, 17th March 2021
“Placemaking Japan” is an initiative spearheaded by Sotonoba, a non-profit group for better public spaces, to promote placemaking around Japan. Placemaking Week JAPAN 2021 will be held online for the first time in Japan from March 12th (Fri.) to March 17th (Wed.), 2021. From Japan and the world, around 60 placemakers will gat together and have 18 programs.
“Placemaking Week” is a conference event where placemakers from all around the world gather to learn about Placemaking. Placemaking Week JAPAN is the first one of the series in Japan and held online from March 12th (Fri.) to March 17th (Wed.), 2021. It will be a week full of discovery where placemakers from all around the world will network and discuss ideas and methods of placemaking and the potential of public spaces in and after the pandemic.
■Networking and discussion with placemakers from Japan and cities in the world
Discussion and practice of placemaking have become active around Japan. For example, new policies and practices have been conducted, including ‘Walkable City, ‘Hokomichi (streets that improve pedestrians’ convenience)” and ‘Park-PFI (private finance initiative)’. The future of cities and public space is a hot topic also in the context of the pandemic.
However, since there has not been active discussion and networking about placemaking between Japan and the world, the conference will be the first attempt to fill the gap. Let’s meet placemakers in Japan and the world online and think about the possibilities of public space and placemaking.
We will organize 18 programs with 46 placemakers: A wide range of topics involving Walkability, Street (Pedestrian-Friendly Street), Park (Park-PFI), Workshop Methodology of Placemaking, Park(ing)Day, My Best Public Space (short presentations of placemaking practice), etc.
■Placemakers from the world
Placemakers will gather online from various countries—broad topics from the latest placemaking projects and the role of placemaking in the pandemic.
■Outline of the event
Title: Placemaking Week JAPAN 2021
Date: Friday, 12th March – Wednesday, 17th March 2021
Venue: Online (zoom webinar, etc.)
Organizer: Placemaking Japan (Sotonoba)
Global Partners: Placemaking X, Project for Public Spaces, Placemakers Asia, Placemaking Europe, PlacemakingUS, The City at Eye LevelExecutive
Partner: URPartners: ondesign partners, Showa Corporation, HANASAKA G3Z INC.
・This conference is an activity of the ‘public-private partnership project for the revitalization of urban areas’ adopted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT).
< Programs >
English programs：2 free programs are available in English (no Japanese).
【March 12th (Fri.) 16:00 – 17:30 JST】Global Discussion “Policy and Practice for a City at Eye Level in Japan and the World”
【March 13th (Sat.) 08:00 – 09:30 JST】Global Discussion “A Japanese Placemaking Primer for US and Global Practitioners”
Programs with simultaneous translation：Listeners can select an English vocal channel.
【March 15th (Mon.) 09:30 – 10:30 JST】Global Leader’s Talk “Placemaking in Action: Community Powered Public Spaces” by Priti Patel / Project for Public Spaces
【March 15th (Mon.) 11:00 – 12:00 JST】Global Leaders’ Talk ”Potential of Placemaking in/after the Pandemic”
【March 16th (Tue.) 09:30 – 10:30 JST】Special Keynote “The Frontiers of Placemaking: Networking Learning Globally to Drive Placemaking Innovation and Action” by Ethan Kent / Placemaking X
【March 16th (Tue.) 15:00 – 17:00 JST】”Relationship between Placemaking and Climate/ Natural Features” Session Presented by UR
【March 17th (Wed.) 09:30 – 10:30】Special Keynote “Walkable City Creating Great Places” by Jeff Speck
The following programs are available only in Japanese.
【March 12th (Fri.) 13:00 – 14:00 JST】Opening Program “Preview of All Programs of Placemaking Week JAPAN 2021”
【March 12th (Fri.) 19:00 – 21:00 JST】My Best Public Space “Diversity” – placemaking image shower vol.1
【March 13th (Sat.) 13:00 – 14:30 JST】”Placemaking and Workshop” How to Design Workshops to Foster Participation and Place
【March 13th (Sat.) 14:45 – 21:00 JST】Remote Workshop “Glocal Place Targeting”
【March 14th (Sun.) 15:00 – 17:00 JST】My Best Public Space ” placemaking image shower vol.2 (open call session)
【March 15th (Mon.) 13:00 – 15:00 JST】Park x Placemaking “Potential of Placemaking to Support Management and Public-Private Cooperation for Parks”
【March 15th (Mon.) 19:00 – 21:00 JST】Park(ing)Day Summit “Learning Practical Knowledge of Park(ing)Day”
【March 16th (Tue.) 18:00 – 19:00 JST】Introduction of “Place Game Guide” – a Tool to Diagnose Public Spaces
【March 17th (Wed.) 13:00 – 15:00 JST】Walkability x Placemaking “Potential of the Placemaking Approach for Walkability”
【March 17th (Wed.) 15:30 – 17:30 JST】Street x Placemaking “Potential of Street Places and Pedestrian-Friendly Streets
【March 17th (Wed.) 18:00 – 20:00 JST】Placemaking Week JAPAN 2021 Wrap-up – Envisioning “Placemakers’ Mind”
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