Reimagine and Reinvent. Public Space in Santa Clara

Community Placemaking

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The City has embarked on an innovative community engagement process in partnership with Project for Public Spaces to enable the community to have a greater role in the design and development, both private and public, for the overall benefit to the City. Placemaking inspires people to collectively re-imagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of the community. This is your city - you're encouraged to attend the below workshops and let your thoughts be heard! 

In parallel, the City has several educational workshops, including land use policy issues and an update on the General Plan.   

For more information, contact the Community Development department at 408-615-2450 or

Placemaking Meetings

Date   Background Location Description
Oct. 20, 2018 Mission Branch Library Placemaking Workshop
Mission Branch Library The Mission Branch Library was identified as one of three important community locations at the June 10 “Power of 10” workshop.  A workshop led by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) took place from 10 AM until Noon on Saturday, October 20 at the library.  Community members, including representatives of the City Council, neighborhood residents and various City commissions, identified specific activities and improvements that could be implemented to further activate the library as a public space.
June 10, 2017

The Power of 10 Community Workshop

Power of 10 Summary Memo

Santa Clara University
Locatelli Center
 This workshop will be led by Fred Kent of the Project for Public Spaces and utilize their "Power of 10" concept.  The idea behind this concept is that places thrive when users have a range of reasons (10+) to be there. These might include a place to sit, playgrounds to enjoy, art to touch, music to hear, food to eat, history to experience, and people to meet. Ideally, some of these activities will be unique to that particular place, reflecting the culture and history of the surrounding community. Local residents who use this space most regularly will be the best source of ideas for which uses will work best.
May 11, 2017  

Placemaking New Neighborhoods

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City Hall
Council Chambers
A panel discussion featuring Rob Steinberg (chairman, Steinberg Architects), C.J. Gabe (assistant professor in environmental studies & sciences at Santa Clara University) and John O'Brien (senior director, retail estate  at Nvidia Corporation), who will explore the role of new housing development in shaping neighborhoods, which contribute to placemaking in Santa Clara. 
May 4, 2017

Placemaking with Retail

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City Hall
Council Chambers
A panel discussion featuring Steve Eimer (executive vice-president of Related Companies), Deke Hunter (president of Hunter Properties) and James Chung (executive manager director, Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Brokers), along with moderator Edith Ramirez (economic development director for the City of Morgan Hill), who will explore what cities can do to promote the use of retail in placemaking, including a discussion of the City's vision for redevelopment along the El Camino. 
April 27, 2017

Art and the Art of Placemaking 

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Triton Museum of Art A panel discussion featuring local artists and placemaking practitioner on the use of art to activate an area
March 28, 2017
 Special Council Meeting 
Review of General Plan
City Hall
Council Chambers
A Study Session to review the General Plan
March 25, 2017
 90 N. Winchester Blvd Visioning Workshop Santa Clara Senior Center A Study Session to review the General Plan
 March 24, 2017
 Placemaking - Creating the City of the Future  Santa Clara University
Locatelli Center
Presentation by Internationally recognized place making expert and co-founder of Project for Public Spaces, Fred Kent
 March 14, 2017
Santa Clara 3.0
City Hall
Council Chambers 
Don Weden will present Change, Growth and Planning: Envisioning Santa Clara County 3.0 as part of a Council Study Session


Some of the Placemaking meetings have been recorded and are available on the City's YouTube channel.

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