2018-2019

Creative Placemaking

In partnership with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, the Urban Design and Preservation Division requests submissions for our Creative Placemaking Writing Competition.


The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, the Urban Design and Preservation Division, and the National Endowment for the Arts define creative placemaking as, “when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work—placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public-safety strategies.


The competition is open to all active members of the Urban Design and Preservation Division of the American Planning Association. If you are not a member but are interested in joining, please visit the American Planning Association Membership Page


All submissions must respond to the following:


Describe a creative placemaking project that you participated in or observed. Participation can be at any level, from community member to project manager. Provide an answer in 500 words or less. Entries may also include up to three images with clear captions.* Finalists, chosen for their creativity by the Division Leadership, will be featured in a final publication at the 2019 National Planning Conference, on the Division's website, in the Division's newsletter, and on our social media platforms.


In addition, three prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st prize - iPad 9.7 inch (2018), 1 year membership to the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

2nd prize - $100 Gift Card to Planetizen Store, 1 year membership to the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

3rd prize - $50 Gift Card to Planetizen Store, 1 year membership to the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking


*All finalists will be asked to submit word versions of their entries along with image files to be reformatted by the Division in a standard template.


Submissions were due December 1, 2018.  Finalists and prize-winner announcements will be made in February 2019.




2011-2012

The Third Place

The Third Place is a concept espoused by Urban Sociologist Ray Oldenberg in his book The Great Good Place. It refers to the notion that social surroundings are separate from the tacit social environments of home and work—the first two places. Oldenberg's premise is that third places provide for, and contribute to, civil society, creating a sense of place, democracy, and civic engagement.

As part of the 2011-2012 writing campaign, the Division extended the following question to its membership and other like-minded professionals:"What is your Third Place?"

The winning author Mike Agnew, AICP of Wausau, Wisconsin, received an iPad courtesy of the Urban Design and Preservation Division for his submission "Tom's Skelly Service."


See a Compilation of Top Submissions



2010-2011

My One City

The My One City writing campaign sought to expose and stimulate planners' thoughts on discovering their favorite city—in 300 words or less.

The winning submission was "St. Louis" by Alexandra Reisman. Ms. Reisman was awarded a free registration for the 2011 National APA Conference in Boston.


See My One City Submissions