Ethan Kent, New York, NY

Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces

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Ethan Kent works to support Placemaking organizations, projects and leadership around the world. During over 17 years at PPS, Ethan has traveled to more than 750 cities and 55 countries to advance the cause of Placemaking and public spaces. Ethan has been integral to the development of Placemaking as a transformative approach to economic development, environmentalism, transportation planning, governance, resilience, equity and design.

Ethan studied sociology, environmental studies and economics as an undergraduate at Bowdoin College. He explored local development issues in the context of globalization during a year of travel around the world as a participant in the International Honors Program. Ethan did his graduate work at Antioch University Seattle’s Center for Creative Change in Environment and Community. He attributes his Placemaking education, and any miseducation, to the communities he has worked with, and to his father who founded PPS.

  • Community organizing / civic engagement

  • Activating vacant lots / vacant spaces

  • Placemaking


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