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July 8: MPC’s “Old Place New Tricks” Placemaking 101 Training


Placemaking is the art of creating temporary community spaces, often on a small budget. Photo credit: MPC

Placemaking is the art of creating temporary community spaces, often on a small budget. Photo credit: MPC


From the Metropolitan Planning Council’s events page:

“Old Place New Tricks” Placemaking 101 Training July 8, 2014, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400 Chicago Register here Challenge training and implementation FREE

We all have spots in our neighborhoods that could use a little love. Maybe it’s an empty lot with overgrown lawn, strewn with plastic bags. Or perhaps it’s a frumpy strip of retail without much allure. Either way, it could use a little love. Now is your chance to do something about it! The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is challenging you to teach an Old Place New Tricks by activating a public space in your community for one day this summer.

To help you get started, they are kicking off the 2014 Old Place New Tricks Placemaking challenge with our free “Placemaking 101” training on Tuesday, July 8!

By registering for the training, you agree to take part in the implementation challenge on August 15, 16 or 17.

At the training, they will cover the basics of Placemaking and teach you how to conduct a Placemaking audit, a community brainstorming tour of the space you want to transform.

After the training, you’ll choose your own adventure: You can design and pull off a Placemaking intervention in your neighborhood during the weekend of Aug. 15 to 17.

For a chance to win one of the $1,000 prizes, generously sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, all you have to do is tell us your Placemaking story—and thanks to our partner EveryBlock, we’ll give you a free web page to help you do just that. (Stay tuned for the web site coming soon, at oldplacenewtricks.com.)

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