Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. PPS Placemaking http://www.pps.org/reference approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.


PPS was founded in 1975 to expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. PPS has since completed projects in more than 3000 communities in 43 countries and all 50 U.S. states and are the premier center for best practices, information and resources on placemaking. More than 800 people worldwide are members of our Placemaking Leadership Council.



Gary Toth
Senior Director
Transportation Initiatives

Gary Toth has substantial experience in shaping public and private investments in infrastructure around the concepts of Placemaking to foster multiple purposes. He specializes in Complete Streets implementation, Livable Streets Design and the integration of transportation and land use planning. Gary began his career as a transportation engineer forty years ago and incorporates this background with new techniques and steps toward re-imaging space to become place. Since 2007, he has been working for the Project for Public Spaces on transportation and land use planning to foster Placemaking. His work through PPS helps communities create a Place Vision first and then integrate transportation planning, architecture, school siting and other elements to meet the vision.

Phillip Winn
Senior Associate

Phillip Winn is a senior associate at project for Public Spaces and Program Manager for the Southwest Airlines “Heart of the Community’ program. He has helped develop and implement multiple ‘Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper’ projects at PPS including Belle Isle Summer Saturdays (Belle Isle, Detroit) and the Imagination Center (Burnside Park, Providence, RI).

He attended Yale School of Architecture where he cemented his passion for the intersection of urban design and culture, learned how to draw, and built a house.