Interactive placemaking panel will feature noted urbanist Gil Penalosa

Community leaders are holding an interactive panel discussion at the Brave New Workshop, 824 Hennepin Ave. S., on Wednesday, May 7, 12:30–2 p.m., to discuss strategies for placemaking and improving public spaces in downtown Minneapolis. 

One of the featured panelists is renowned urbanist Gil Penalosa, executive director of 8-80 Cities, a Canadian nonprofit working on transforming urban design to make cities more people friendly. Penalosa has worked on projects in more than 150 cities all over the world. 

Other panelists include Council Member Jacob Frey (Ward 3); Ben Shardlow, Public Realm Initiatives Director for the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District Ben Shardlow; Founding CEO of Greater MSP Michael Langley; Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition executive director Ethan Fawley; State Director of the Trust for Public Land Susan Schmidt; and Assistant Superintendent for Planning at the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Bruce Chamberlain. The discussion will be moderated by Kjersti Monson, the city’s Director of Long Range Planning.

Here are additional details from the city:  The event is free and open to all, but limited seating is available.  To reserve general admission seats reserve online here or call or email Tina Beech at 612.673.3242 or [email protected] by Tuesday, May 6 at 11 a.m. The Placemaking and Public Realm in Downtown Minneapolis event featuring Gil Penalosa is part of the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation 3rd Annual Placemaking Residency. 

There are 17 total events scheduled during Gil Penalosa’s residency in Minneapolis Saint Paul which runs May 5 to May 9.  Each of the events will examine what makes a community a desirable place to live and why it matters.  Follow the event on or comment on Twitter with hashtags #Placemaking2014 and #PlacemakingMSP.