The Fifth Annual Placemaking Residency has ended. Thanks to all who helped shape, host, or attended the Fifth Annual Placemaking Residency. We hope you enjoyed the week!

Photos from each session are available in albums on our Flickr account.
Presentation materials from select presenters and hosts will be available here within the next two weeks.

For the past five years, renowned placemaking experts have been invited to the Twin Cities to engage community members in thinking about how we can collaboratively grow and evolve our cities as part of the Placemaking Residency and Great River Gathering. Convened by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, this annual series is designed to inspire conversation about the future of our communities, to build stronger networks among people who care about our cities, and to realize the potential of and strengthen the Twin Cities as a world-class region.

The 5th Annual PlacemakingResidency took place May 9-12, 2016 and explored the intersection of equity and design – a timely and crucial community conversation. Over the next five years, billions of dollars will be spent on development in the region’s built environment. How do we address the increasing economic and social disparity in our cities and how can design contribute to greater equity and opportunity for everyone? (Excerpt from Anne-Marie Lubenau/Designing for Equity).

A team of national and local organizations and individuals made up our 2016 Resident Team. Get to know them here.
View the schedule online or download the PDF.

The 2016 Placemaking Residency was generously funded by:


mcknight updated


The City of Saint Paul’s 8-80 Vitality Fellow


ACER Inc. • Alliance for Metropolitan Stability • Arts in a Changing America • CAPI, USA
City of Brooklyn Park • Catholic Charities • Cermak Rhoades Architects • Community Groups
Creative Enterprise Zone Action Team • Forecast Public Art • Government Alliance on Race and Equity
Hennepin County & Nexus Community Partners
Minneapolis Downtown Council/Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District/East Downtown Council
Minneapolis Institute of Art • Minnesota African Women’s Association
Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council • The Saint Paul Foundation • Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Anthony Park Community • Council The City of Saint Paul’s 8-80 Vitality Fellow • Urban Homeworks