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 is also holding several educational workshops, including land use policy issues and an update on the General Plan.   

Upcoming Meetings

Date/Time Title Location Description

Prior Meetings

Date/Time Title/Video Link Location Description
 June 10
12:30 pm

The Power of 10 Community Workshop

Santa Clara University
Locatelli Center
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

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
6:30 pm 

 Placemaking New Neighborhoods

(Text Recap)

City Hall
Council Chambers
1500 Warburton Avenue 
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
7:30 pm

Placemaking with Retail

(Text Recap)

 City Hall
Council Chambers
1500 Warburton Avenue
 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
6:30 pm

Art and the Art of Placemaking 

(Text Recap)

 Triton Museum of Art  A panel discussion featuring local artists and placemaking practitioner on the use of art to activate an area
March 28
6:00 pm 
 Special Council Meeting
Review of General Plan
City Hall
Council Chambers
 A Study Session to review the General Plan
March 25
9:00 am 

90 N. Winchester Blvd Visioning Workshop

 Santa Clara Senior Center A hands-on visioning workshop to help shape the future of the former BAREC property
March 24
6:00 pm
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
5:00 pm 
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

All Placemaking meetings have been recorded and are available on the City's YouTube channel,

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