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Reimagining Streets as Places (Virtual Training, Fall 2020)

October 5, 2020 @ 10:30 am - October 21, 2020 @ 12:30 pm

Three-week virtual training on making streets into true community gathering places hosted by Project for Public Spaces and Mobycon.

Reimagining Streets as Places (Virtual Training, Fall 2020)

Course Session Dates:

  • Session 1 – Monday, October 5, 2020 10:30-12:30 p.m. ET
  • Session 2 – Monday, October 12, 2020 10:30-12:30 p.m ET
  • Session 3 – Monday, October 19, 2020 10:30-12:30 p.m. ET

Additional Course Dates:

  • Optional “Office Hour” – Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET
  • Optional “Office Hour” – Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET
  • Optional Networking Session – Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET
  • Within the month of October 2020 a limited number of discounted private coaching sessions with either Project for Public Spaces or Mobycon will be offered for an additional per-hour fee. See Course Perks and the Registration page for additional details.

Course Description:

Project for Public Spaces is teaming up with Dutch mobility firm Mobycon to present “Reimagining Streets as Places,” a virtual masterclass-style training about the intersection of placemaking and transportation planning. The course will take place over three weeks in October 2020, and upon successful completion participants will be awarded a Streets as Places Certificate.

This multi-day training will be designed to support new and emerging professionals who work in transportation, as well as those who advocate for safe, multi-modal street systems and a lively and welcoming public realm. Through virtual learning sessions and assignments, participants will learn the essentials for systematically changing transportation infrastructure and behavior, preparing community-based street activations, and balancing the movement and public space functions of a street.

Topics will include:

  • Placemaking concepts and practice – Engaging with a community process for making streets into active public spaces
  • Human-centered design principles – Systems level thinking for more people-friendly streets
  • Street typologies – Evaluating streets and learning how to adapt approaches for different street functions
  • Designing for flexibility and life in the streets – Adapting lessons from Dutch mobility tactics to your local context
  • Working across sectors – Learning how to communicate and collaborate with various types of partners and stakeholders
  • Implementation tactics – Exploring tactics for quick street interventions and enduring infrastructure projects
  • Sustaining Streets as Places – Integrating place management to meet long-term goals and ongoing growth
  • Impactful case studies – Reviewing example techniques that led to real community change
  • Engagement exercises – Testing out sample engagement and evaluation tools and activities

The course will provide the opportunity to earn a Streets as Places Certificate upon completion of the full set of training sessions and course commitments. Please see below for those course requirements, as well as the perks that you will receive in return for your purchase and commitment to the course.

Course Commitments:

  • Three training sessions – Sessions will be hosted for two hours in total, with the first 90 minutes being required participation, and the last 30 minutes offering an optional deep dive into particular topics, such as adapting streets for COVID-19.
  • Weekly homework assignments – Assignments will build upon each other and will take participants through a full street-focused placemaking process. Each assignment will be designed to take roughly 20-30 minutes to complete.

Course Perks:

  • Course Workbook – A single PDF handout for course and assignment instructions, space for note taking, and the inclusion of additional helpful resources.
  • Peer Learning – The format of the course will include opportunities to engage with fellow participants around course topics and your own work and project stories, including an optional networking session.
  • Optional “Office” Hours – Between sessions there will be opportunities to connect with Project for Public Spaces and Mobycon staff to ask questions about the previous session and the current homework assignment.
  • Certificate – A special recognition for completing all of the required course commitments that you can add to your resume. The course development team will also be reviewing the possibility of additional professional accreditation opportunities, and will provide an update if those become available.
  • Discounted Private Coaching (Additional Fee) – For those specific questions or projects that need more one-on-one advising than office hours provide, both Project for Public Spaces and Mobycon are pleased to offer private coaching sessions at a discounted rate for Streets as Places training participants. The number of private sessions will be limited and will be offered for an additional per-hour fee beyond the price of registration. These will be scheduled within the course training month of October 2020.

If you have any questions about this training course or registration, please contact [email protected]

Scholarship Application:

Project for Public Spaces and Mobycon will offer some “pay-what-you-can” scholarships to those who can demonstrate their financial need as well as their commitment to participating in and applying the concepts of this course. Students are especially encouraged to apply.

To be considered please submit this 2020 Streets as Places Training Scholarship Application by September 11, 2020 at 11:00 p.m. ET. We will notify all those who applied of their status by the end of the following week.


October 5, 2020 @ 10:30 am
October 21, 2020 @ 12:30 pm
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