Integrating Creative Placemaking into City Government

The benefits of creative placemaking are multiplied and ripple beyond individual locations as creative placemaking is scaled. The time, funding, and resources required to implement creative placemaking at that scale that truly reflects and equitably serves the communities that surround and use those places, however, can be prohibitive. The City of Chattanooga is reducing the barriers to that scaling by integrating the community engagement, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of creative placemaking projects into city processes.

This workshop will be framed by a discussion of the City of Chattanooga’s efforts to integrate creative placemaking into city processes and specific examples of collaborative creative placemaking projects, such as the development of the Chattanooga Artist in Residence program, a pilot position that will work between PAC, CDOT, and communities throughout Chattanooga that will develop and test how creative approaches to city building and creative placemaking can be integrated into and meaningfully impact the work of the City of Chattanooga.


Participants in the workshop will work in small groups to develop pilot creative placemaking projects that are based in multi-agency collaborations and/or public-private partnerships and how those specific projects can be integrated into their own and/or their city’s processes.



  • Eric Asboe, Public Engagement and Policy Coordinator (Chattanooga Department of Transportation)

  • Brandon Sutton, Transportation Design Manager (Chattanooga Department of Transportation)

  • Sally Morrow, Urban Designer (Chattanooga Design Studio)

    • ​Tuesday, April 3 (3:45pm - 5:15pm)


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