Thought Leaders in the Urban Planning and Placemaking Space

Thoughtful planning and placemaking projects inspire the reimagination and utilization of public spaces as the heart of a community, especially as expectations for public space have shifted since the start of the pandemic. Urban planners and placemakers continue to be tasked with developing comprehensive plans to create accessible open spaces.

It has been well-documented that income, education, and race are correlated with access to green space, but the pandemic highlighted these stark divides. As we continue the conversation about inequities in planning, we’re sharing a list of some of our favorite thought leaders in the space.

  1. Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian), City planner + urbanist at @TODUrbanWORKS. Global advisor on cities.
  2. Byron Nicholas, PP, AICP (@BlackAndUrban_) Transportation Planner & Creator of http://blackandurban.com 
  3. Carnell Brame, Jr. (@CXcellence) City Planner, public servant, and community advocate. I am also a raging romantic and optimist.
  4. Center4ActiveDesign (@active_design) International non-profit using design to foster healthy and engaged communities.
  5. Chanelle Nicole (@shegotplans) Master’s in Urban Planning & Environmental Policy from Texas Southern University. Interested in: accessibility, housing, & sustainability.
  6. Congress for the New Urbanism (@NewUrbanism) The Congress for the New Urbanism helps create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
  7. Dee P. (@BLCKSPCES) urban planner + place creator. ut-arlington alumnus 2x.| “be good in every hood..”|
  8. Fred Kent (@Fred_Kent), founder of #EarthDayNYC, @transalt, @PPS_Placemaking & the #placemaking movement. Now starting up @SocialLifeProj & @placemakingx.
  9. Gel (@citiesforpeople) focuses on the relationship between the built environment and people’s quality of life.
  10. Hazel Borys (@hborys) Working for resilient communities. @PlaceMakersLLC, urbanist, engineer, mom, walker, cyclist, hiker, cook, gardener, blogger, connector, nonindigenous, Treaty 1
  11. Jamilla Mohamud (@JamillaMohamud) between urban theory and practice
  12. Janette Sadik-Khan (@JSadikKhan) Author, Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.
  13. Jerome Alexander Horne (@jahorne) (He/him) @APTA_info Emerging Leader ’22/ @MassTransitMag 40 Under 40 ’20
  14. Jonathan Berk (@berkie1) Looking at our cities & towns in a new light, harnessing opportunities in our excess capacities.
  15. Jose Richard Aviles (@soylamasnalgona) Social Worker | Urban Planner | Artist.
  16. Kristen Jeffers (@blackurbanist) Black, Queer, Southern USA, Spiritual, Working/Lower-Middle Class Feminism Urbanism
  17. PJ³ (@PaulTheUrbanist) Building a Detroit as beautiful as Detroiters. UMich ‘22 | MURP | WSU ’19 | (he/him)
  18. Street Plans (@StreetPlans) An urban planning, design, research-advocacy firm.
  19. Strong Towns (@StrongTowns) We advocate for a model of development that allows our  #cities, #towns and #neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient.
  20. Tamika Butler (@TamikaButler) Fr Nebraska. Living & biking in the City of Angels. Never stop: Fighting racism, inequality, poverty & injustice.
  21. The Urban CEO (@TyronMcDaniel) I Design, Build & Renovate Amazing House building in the Hood! / Homebuilder & RE Investor / Affordable Housing Developer
  22. Urban Design Group (@UDGUrbanUpdate) We care about the quality of life in cities, towns & villages and believe that better urban design is essential for its improvement.

Be sure to give them a follow! You can find us on Twitter at @coUrbanize too.