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Tactical Urbanism as a Tool for Placemaking

May 3, 2016

How does place-making inspire people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community? Learn from the best as local hero Milenko Matanovic, founder of the Pomegranate Center, joins nationally renowned Island Press author, Mike Lydon, to discuss the intersection between placemaking and tactical urbanism. Join us for a continuation of last year’s Roundtable on Tactical Urbanism by exploring strategies to build social capital, provide community-driven solutions to urban challenges, and help local governments be more attuned and responsive to the needs of their citizens.

Our two experts will discuss the theory and practice of tactical urbanism and how it can be used as a tool for placemaking to create vibrant public spaces that support individual and community wellbeing. Building healthy, vibrant cities is a challenge faced by jurisdictions all over the world, and one of the most effective ways to do this is to focus on creating great public spaces. Many communities are taking the lead on improving their local urban landscape by implementing low-cost, short-term actions that drive long-term change—pop-up parks in parking spaces or abandoned lots, targeted traffic calming measures to improve traffic safety, and the creation of gathering places and green spaces, for example.

These approaches can inform broader planning efforts while helping cities make rapid, iterative improvements to collaboratively plan, design, and manage public spaces with community investment and ownership. Community-based projects and participation also provide opportunities for leadership development, civic engagement and capacity building, and empower communities to transform their spaces. Please join us!

Event Details

Date/Time:  Thursday, May 19th, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Location/Address: South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

*Note there will be plenty of parking, but it is scattered throughout the neighborhood. Please contact Patti Southard (patti.southard@kingcounty.gov) if any ADA assistance is required.

Brown Bag: As a lunchtime event, you are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the Roundtable.


  • Milenko Matanovic is a community builder, visual artist, and a founding director of Pomegranate Center, an arena in which art, public participation, and community betterment converge.
  • Mike Lydon is Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative and co-author of Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change.