About Phil Myrick

Phil Myrick is an advisor to planning, design, and development projects around the world

He is one of the world’s leading placemaking consultants– applying decades of research into how people interact with their urban environments and each other to create vibrant public spaces, destinations, urban districts, and developments. His strategic advice has helped his clients achieve their goals of attracting people, engaging their community, strengthening the social fabric, and stimulating economic development.  

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Placemaking consultants

Placemaking consultants come in many forms. Phil’s specialties are helping multi-sector partnerships create a vibrant public realm that anchors and activates a district, bringing about economic and social impacts. 

With unique technical expertise from twenty years at Project for Public Spaces, he specializes in flagship placemaking projects that benefit public and private partners and the community at large. 

By reading the DNA of place and creating rich and detailed environments, he has contributed to some of the most successful destinations in America. 

Placemaking is a process that creates places of lasting value, engages people in crafting the experience of their community,

What is Placemaking

Placemaking is a process that creates places of lasting value, engages people in crafting the experience of their community, and fosters a sense of belonging. Placemaking is a way to forge a shared vision and build trust between partners. Done well, placemaking builds social capital and social infrastructure and creates long-lasting livable communities. These powerful social outcomes have been top objectives for many of Phil’s clients, including the public sector as well as international aid organizations like the World Bank and USAID.

Placemaking for architecture and urban design

No architect would start designing a building without first having the building program clearly defined, and yet many design projects for parks and public spaces proceed without having the program in place first. Placemaking is very much about taking this first step in defining how a place will be used by people and defining that experience in detail before moving forward into the design stage. Phil has worked with architects and designers worldwide, as a trusted member of the design team whose specialized knowledge informs the space program and concept design.

Placemaking is a complete ecosystem

Placemaking for development

Placemaking is a complete ecosystem that underlies successful mixed-use communities. It’s not a garnish to sprinkle around retail, but rather an authentic attempt to create an experience for people. Phil has advised many developers of mixed-use communities to activate places and create an authentic community while supporting the goals of the developer. The most successful mixed-use projects are real communities and are more sustainable in the long term as a result. 

Urban placemaking for public-private partnerships

Many complex initiatives like medical districts, innovation districts, and town-gown joint development projects need placemaking to create success. Placemaking and public-private partnerships go in concert because placemaking is so valuable to articulating goals and strategies, as well as implementation and design.

Many complex initiatives like medical districts
Place making

Placemaking is a process that creates places of lasting value, engages people in crafting the experience of their community, and fosters a sense of belonging. Placemaking is a way to forge a shared vision and build trust between partners. Done well, placemaking builds social capital and social infrastructure and creates long-lasting livable communities. These powerful social outcomes have been top objectives for many of Phil’s clients, including the public sector as well as international aid organizations like the World Bank and USAID.  

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Place making for architecture and urban design

No architect would start designing a building without first having the building program clearly defined, and yet many design projects for parks and public spaces proceed without having the program in place first. Placemaking is very much about taking this first step in defining how a place will be used by people, and defining that experience in detail before moving forward into the design stage. Phil has worked with architects and designers worldwide, as a trusted member of the design team whose specialized knowledge informs the space program and concept design.  

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What is placemaking for development?

Placemaking is a complete ecosystem that underlies successful mixed use communities. It’s not a garnish to sprinkle around retail, but rather an authentic attempt to create an experience for people. Phil has advised many developers of mixed-use communities to activate places and create an authentic community while supporting the goals of the developer. The most successful mixed use projects are real communities, and are more sustainable in the long term as a result. 

read more
Urban place making for public-private partnerships

Many complex initiatives like medical districts, innovation districts, and town-gown joint development projects need placemaking to create success. Placemaking and public-private partnerships go in concert because the placemaking is so valuable to articulating goals and strategies, as well as implementation and design. 

read more

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