Assistant Visiting Professor
Urban Placemaking and Management
Since 2016, Stephen (Steve) Davies has been an Assistant Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute in the Urban Placemaking and Management graduate program. His course – Markets and the Micro-Economy of Place – explores how markets, street vending, and other economic activities in public spaces have broad social, environmental, health, and quality of life impacts on cities. Steve co-founded Project for Public Spaces (PPS). He guided the organization's development for nearly 40 years as a member of its senior leadership team, helping to build PPS into an organization with remarkable depth and influence. With over 500 significant projects on his resume during his long tenure at PPS, Steve has built a broad-based portfolio of transformative placemaking projects which have been catalysts for community revitalization in the U.S. and abroad. His work in creating equitable public markets and public spaces in cities such as Detroit and Flint, Michigan, has been particularly noteworthy. Steve currently serves as President of The Placemaking Fund and is a member of the advisory board of PlacemakingX, a global networking program. As Principal of Place Solutions Group, he provides consulting services to community-based public space projects. Current clients include Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ) to bring the now vacant Westchester Avenue Station station in the South Bronx back to life. Steve received his B.A. in Art and Environmental Studies from Williams College and an M.Arch from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Cobble Hill Brooklyn, and in his spare time is a cellist with the Riverside Orchestra in Manhattan and also serves as the orchestra's President.
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