Placemaking Week Europe 2019 is Europe’s biggest conference and festival celebrating the impact of placemaking on the urban fabric. Approximately 400 placemakers, a diverse mixture of professionals working on creating a better public space and city at eye level, will meet in Valencia from June 12th-15th. A variety of placemakers, politicians, civil servants, developers, big and small companies will share best practices, create new knowledge in interactive workshops, accelerate existing and new projects and celebrate the growing contribution of placemaking in creating better cities.

During the four days of activities, placemakers from all over Europe and beyond will not just share their own stories. Together we’ll spend part of the conference, learning from, and working with local challenges in La Marina as well as in and around the city of Valencia. They will be testing, adapting and implementing placemaking tools for future use.

Placemaking Week Europe 2019 is a unique way to get to know professional peers and the city of Valencia through the lense of placemaking.

This year Placemaking Week will revolve around five main topics:

(1) Placemaking for Innovation

(2) Creative Bureaucracy

(3) Open-source sharing from placemaking practice

(4) Future-proof cities through placemaking

(5) Waterfront cities


Placemaking Week Europe 2019 is organized by La Marina de Valencia, STIPO and the European Placemaking Network. Click here to know more about the organizers and how to become a member of the European Placemaking Network! 


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Delve further into the 5 themes of Placemaking Week Europe 2019…

(1) Placemaking for innovation: La Marina de Valencia recently launched a Living Lab to experiment, design and reimagine inclusive and innovative public spaces through placemaking. Placemaking Week Europe will focus on the waterfront as an upcoming innovation hub and further analyse questions around innovation for the public good, including the future of work and social innovation, by inviting thought leaders in the field. What does the future landscape of innovation look like? How can it contribute to improve our cities, public and third spaces for all? How can placemaking contribute to this process as well as to provide a better connection between the innovation hub and the city fabric?

(2) Creative Bureaucracy: The process of placemaking breaks disciplinary silos and transforms the way we govern our cities today. To boost the impact of placemaking we need to talk about systemic change! We need creative bureaucrats, people working in public sector with the transformative ability to change the status quo and enable innovative processes. Placemaking Week Europe focuses on creative bureaucracy, governance innovation and city-wide campaigns for a more place-led development of our cities. We invite pioneering civil servants and politicians – and those aspiring to become creative bureaucrats – to share their experience and lessons. How can local governments follow up to the rhythm of placemakers and be a sustainable partner? What is the role of policy makers and civil servants in the placemaking processes?

(3) Open-source sharing from placemaking practice: The inherent value of placemaking as a process is that in each context it is closely tied to the local community’s needs and specific circumstances. However, most placemakers find their footing in tools, mechanisms and strategies developed by their peers in other contexts. What are the common patterns of placemaking practices around the world? How can we tap into this worldwide knowledge bank and still provide with context-relevant practices? Through open source sharing we build capacity and increase the impact of the placemaking movement. For Placemaking Week Europe, we call upon placemakers to share their best practices, tools and innovative models for place management, place-led development and financing.

(4) Future-proof cities through placemaking: In order to connect the impact of placemaking to the importance of improving our cities for future generations, Placemaking Week Europe concentrates on two important urban challenges in particular: climate change and inclusion. By sharing practices, lessons and critical discussions we demonstrate and explore how placemaking aims at shared benefits and public impact. Placemaking has a vital role to play in creating more inclusive cities for all, while lowering our carbon footprint and climate impact. How can placemaking contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?

(5) Waterfront cities: As many cities are today facing the transformation of waterfronts from their initial industrial uses into a place for and by the people, Placemaking Week Europe is an excellent occasion to exchange best practices and challenges of waterfront regeneration. How to boost underutilized spaces, and make them into places people love? How to boost economic activity and investment while preserving local identity and specificities? Cities with access to water have a lot of added value for citizens’ lives, it’s about time to tap into that potential!


Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He is currently a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. Its focus is how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. The notion has become a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources.

Jeroen Laven is city loverurban plannerplacemaker, based in Rotterdam, working all over Europe. He has a passion for giving people the influence to make their cities better. “It is fantastic to work with an international network of passionate experts; soulmates who inspire each other to do best for the places they love”.

Ramon Marrades Sempere is an urban economist, a co-founder at Urbego, the International Platform of Young Urban Professionals, and the Chief Strategy Officer at la Marina de València, Valencia’s waterfront redevelopment agency. His work and research are focused on the interaction between the economy, public policies, cities, culture, and identities.

Charlot Schans is an urban sociologist and anthropologist by training, now working at STIPO, with years of experience in developing and coordinating international networks, events and projects in the field of urban development and social innovation. Her work starts from the understanding that the most livable, sustainable and equitable cities around the globe are the result of effective co-creation between a variety of stakeholders.

Vivian Doumpa is an urban planner and geographerbased in Greece, with a calling for socio-cultural management. She finds her heart in the field of creative placemaking, where arts and creativity are the means to engage and activate communities, and bring out the sense of a place in co-creation.

Laska Nenova is a firm believer that being physically active is the key to our wellbeing both physically and mentally. Her passion is to share knowledge and experience from person to person, city to city, and country to country. Laska strives to show a correlation between physical activity and ‘placemaking’ process as well as the importance of conceiving urban spaces as places for people.

Levente Polyak is an urbanistactivist and network-builder, focusing on social inclusionspatial justice and community-led urban development. He has also co-edited, Funding the Cooperative City: Community Finance and the Economy of Civic Spaces.

Renée Miles Rooijmans is urban anthropologist expert at STIPO. She recently joined STIPO after working in Vancouver, Canada focusing on urban catalysts to change people’s perspectives on public space, throughout all seasons. She believes in placemaking through experiential learning and play, prioritizing impact over outcome.

Hans Karssenberg is founder, partner, public developer, placemaker and trainer at STIPO. He leads complex projects and processes of urban and area development on a local and regional level. Hans is project manager and initiator of area development, area transformation, city wide strategy, vision and strategy in co-creation, social and economic innovation, quality of public space, placemaking and the city at eye level, masterclasses and trainings, chairing and lectures.

Theo Stauttener leads projects, conducts negotiations and takes care of strategy formation in location development. The whole can be captured in financial management and risk management of the development of new areas or restructuring. In addition, he works as a teacher at various courses and gives a number of lectures every year at the University of Utrecht.

Ronald Huikeshoven is the director of AM, Inspiring Place in Utrecht. He believes that for successful area-development placemaking is a key element for the involvement of all stakeholders.








Practical Info and FAQs

How to get to La Marina de Valencia. Here are the options, you choose!


From the airport


(1) Public transport (approx. 1h journey)

  • Subway Line 5 to Maritim Serreria, get off at Maritim Serreria → 10 min walk to La Marina de Valencia OR transfer to Tram line 8/6, get off at Grau – Canyamelar

Budget: 4,90€


(2) Car/Taxi (approx. 25 minutes ride)

Budget: 20-30€

From the city centre


(1) Bus (approx. 40 minutes journey)

  • Lines 2, 4, 19, 30, 95, 20 and 23
  • Touristic Bus Line B [Ruta Maritima], get off at Marina Real

Budget: 11€ 10 journeys (bus and metro) rechargeable card


(2) Subway or tram (approx. 30 minutes journey)

  • Metro lines 5,7 to Maritim Serreria –> transfer to Tram line 6, 8 getting off at Grau – Canyamelar

Budget: 11€ 10 journeys (bus and metro) rechargeable card


(3) Valenbisi/bike (approx. 20 minutes ride)

  • Valenbisi docking stations 276 [Veles e Vents], 264 [Armada Espanola Mariano Cuber], 71 [Avenida del Puerto/Pza. Tribunal de las Aguas]


(4) Car/Taxi (approx. 15 minutes ride)

  • 1h free parking at Veles e Vents underground parking

Budget: 10€


To localize La Marina de Valencia in the city of Valencia through Google Maps

To know more about the space and facilities in La Marina de Valencia check out this map!


Valencia is already getting ready for your arrival and our team has been looking for advantageous accommodation opportunities. Have a look at our list of local hostels, hotels and apartments, in the surroundings of La Marina de Valencia . It’s your choice now but hurry up, Valencia is hot in June!


In the surroundings of La Marina


Balcon al Mar (Carrer de Joan Josep Sister, 1, 46024 València)

Tel. +34 963 30 06 38


Estimated budget per person/per night. 47€ [shared bathroom], 59€ [en-suite room] (discounted prices)

*10% discount when booking using the promo code


Urban Youth Hostel (Avinguda del Port, 280, 46024 Valencia)

Tel. +34 963 21 21 29


Estimated budget per person/per night. 70-90€


Sea you Hotel (Plaça del Tribunal de les Aigües 5, 46011, València)

Tel. +34 963 214 330


Estimated budget per person/per night. 78€

*10% discount already applied


Barracart Apartments (Carrer de la Barraca 79, Cabanyal-Canyamelar, 46011 Valencia)

Tel. +34 667 856 801


Estimated budget per person/per night. 100€ per 2 guests apartments

*17% discount to be applied when booking on the website using the promo code


Port Saplaya Apartments (Plaza de la Senyoria, 2 – 46120 Port Saplaya)

Tel. +34 96 371 36 11 / 638 235 139



Estimated budget per person/per night. 110-150€

*10% discount to be applied when booking on the website using the promo code


Neptuno Hotel (Passeig de Neptú, 2, 46011 València)

Tel. +34 963 56 77 77


Estimated budget per person/per night. 126-147€

*13% discount when booking on the website



How do I register for this event?

Registration for Placemaking Week is now open! Learn more and register directly from our homepage. 
Some side events and workshops may require separate registration due to capacity. All registrants will receive an email to register for side events. Side events, workshops and tours will be announced soon on our online schedule, as well as via our newsletters and on social media


What opportunities will there be to speak at the conference? Will there be a Call for Proposals?

The Call for Proposals has now closed! All applicants have been informed of their status. If you for some reason submitted an application and have not heard back from us, please email for more information.

We are still currently accepting side event proposals!


Where can I learn about conference updates?

We will continue to update (including this FAQ page) with all conference updates. Make sure to sign up for our Placemaking Week newsletter directly from our homepage to receive up-to-date information on registration, program content, speakers, hotels and travel, events and other news.


What day should I arrive in Valencia?

In order to attend all pre-conference events, we recommend arriving on or before June 12th. Official opening day events will take place on June 12th, with an early morning registration at La Marina de Valencia – this early morning registration is mandatory if you signed up and are participating on an off-site workshop that day.


How can I book a hotel room for the event?

You can find our list of recommended Hotels on our list above.


What are the conference themes this year?

The main five themes will focus on Placemaking for Innovation, Creative Bureaucracy, Open-source sharing from placemaking practice, Future-proof cities through placemaking and Waterfront cities. Please find a the description of themes here.


Are there any side events or networking opportunities I need to be aware of?

Yes! We will be hosting a range of networking and social events as part of the full program. Please stay tuned as we release this information in the next few weeks.


I’m interested in hosting a side event. How can I arrange this?

For any information on the opportunities to host side events, please contact 


I’m not from Europe, will the content be relevant to me?

Absolutely! We were thrilled to receive a global response to the call for proposals. We encourage placemakers from all over the world to attend this event in order to engage with a multinational group of practitioners and researchers who each will bring their own knowledge and expertise to the table.


When will the program of Placemaking Week Europe be announced?

Please have a look at the preliminary program on our website. Over the coming months we will release confirmed sessions and speakers one by one. We expect to release the full and final schedule in May.


Where is La Marina de Valencia located in the city of Valencia?

We have provided to a Google Maps link in the practical information above. In the same section you can also find a map of La Marina de Valencia identifying the main facilities in the space of La Marina and its surrounding area. 



Placemaking Week Europe 2019 in Valencia. 


Placemaking Week Europe 2019

Placemaking Week Europe 2019 is Europe’s biggest conference and festival celebrating the impact of placemaking on the urban fabric. Approximately 400 placemakers, a diverse mixture of professionals working on creating a better public space and city at eye level, will meet in Valencia from June 12th-15th.
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