Fred Kent and Kathy Madden are the founders and primary authors of the Social Life Project. Our mission is to highlight what makes public spaces thrive, drawing from communities around the world. Our work grows out of more than 40 years devoted to studying public space. The essential role of all successful public spaces is to provide social gathering spots that enrich local life by connecting people and empowering them to create stronger communities. Through this online publication as well as presentations, exhibits, and catalytic projects we can create a transformative impact on communities everywhere.
The Social Life Project is one of two inaugural programs of our new non-profit the Placemaking Fund. Our second program is PlacemakingX, a global network of leaders who together will accelerate placemaking as a way to create inclusive, healthy, and beloved communities.
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Co-Founder of Project for Public Spaces. She directed over 300 research and urban design projects and training programs throughout the U.S and abroad. Kathy has authored the publication How to Turn a Place Around, which has now been translated into over 10 languages. She taught at the Pratt School of Architecture Graduate Program in Urban Design.
Pioneer of Placemaking for 50 years. Mentored by William H. Whyte and Jane Jacobs. Founder of Project for Public Spaces. Founder of Earth Day New York. Co-founder Transportation Alternatives. Founder of the Placemaking movement.