Ushering in the Creative Streetscape

The transformation of our streets from predominantly vehicular conduits to Complete Streets embracing cyclists, pedestrians and transit is full swing.  More communities are embracing the concept and expanding its reach. But there’s a new “C” on the block: Creativity. In recent years Creative Placemaking has risen dramatically as an initiative to energize streets not only from a mobility standpoint, but from an urban life standpoint as well. Expressions of Creative Placemaking are varied in program and size, from “tactical” improvements set up seasonally for public gathering in street-adjoining open sites, to places earmarked for community-derives public art, to brand new “flex” streets designed to function as veritable plazas for festivals and civic events.


This session will examine the Creative Placemaking trends from a Complete Streets standpoint. Distinct case studies will be discussed and we will address key Creative Placemaking issues:

  • Who manages a “creative” street programming and maintain the improvements?

  • What are the challenges of gaining DOT approvals for “out-of-the-box” sidewalks and street standards—and how can they be overcome?

  • What is the role and value of community engagement in Creative Placemaking, and what are the right methods by which to obtain it?

  •  What is the cost premium for “Creative Street”? Is it worth it from an economic development and revitalization standpoint?

  • What will be the impact of smart technologies and how can they help promote Creative Placemaking?



  • Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, Landscape Architecture Practice Leader, Americas (AECOM)

  • Claire Bedat, Principal (AECOM)

  • ​Sarah Fine, Senior Transportation Planner (City of Oakland, CA)
    • ​Wednesday, April 4 (3:45pm - 5:15pm)

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