In 2011 the American Planning Association (APA) selected German Village in Columbus, Ohio, as one of the top 10 historic neighborhoods in the U.S. “The Village,” as it is known locally, was one of the first in a wave of neighborhood-activist-driven historic neighborhoods to take responsibility for the integrity of its community. Soon after, the German Village Society, the not-for-profit organization representing the area, was moved to educate a new generation of residents, design professionals and planners in “what works.”
For NBBJ Columbus this recognition has special resonance. Our earliest office was a historic renovation and addition to Courthouse Square at 505 South High Street, in what is now the thriving Brewery District, just across High Street from German Village. Furthermore, in the summer of 2015, NBBJ will return to the city center, just blocks from that original 1970s location. So when we learned the community was convening a conference on historic neighborhoods, because of our deep roots in the area, we knew we had to participate.
That’s why NBBJ is sponsoring the 2014 Great Placemakers Lab, from September 17-19 at the historic Westin Hotel in Columbus. Open to professionals and neighborhood leaders alike, this multi-state event will bring together local talent and some of the nation’s most innovative thinkers about urban placemaking and preservation.
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