Project for Public Spaces is a national, nonprofit technical assistance, research, and educational organization whose mission is to create and sustain public places that build strong communities.
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Their pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.
PPS was founded in 1975 to expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, the author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Since then, PPS has completed projects in over 2500 communities in 40 countries and all 50 US states. Partnering with public and private organizations, federal, state and municipal agencies, business improvement districts, neighborhood associations and other civic groups, they have improved communities by fostering successful public spaces.
In addition to leading projects in nine program areas, PPS also trains more than 10,000 people every year and reaches many more through their websites and publications. PPS has become an internationally recognized center for resources, tools and inspiration about Placemaking.
Through research, conferences, and strategic partnerships, PPS promotes Placemaking as a transformative agenda to address some of the most pressing issues of the time. In its broadest application, Placemaking is a catalyst for building healthy, sustainable and economically viable cities of the future.