NCI and MSU Extension host placemaking and charrette mash-up training series in Michigan

NCI and MSU Extension partnered together to offer a training series throughout Michigan that aims to create more successful communities through NCI's placemaking process.

Training participants working together in a group during the session.

We live in a world of constant change. However, one thing that isn’t changing is a community’s need for quality places to attract and retain talent, and for a region to be competitive in global economic markets.

For the first time, the National Charrette Institute at Michigan State University is partnering with MSU Extension to offer a statewide training series titled “Placemaking and Public Engagement - The Crossroads for a Successful Community” for Michigan communities.

These one-day workshops taking place now through mid-November combine the essentials of quality places and how to create them using the NCI’s process for design-based collaboration.

Participants will practice identifying areas ripe for placemaking and develop a placemaking project. Then, they will learn how the NCI Charrette process can be used to implement a placemaking project.

Appropriate for any size community, following the workshop attendees will be able to replicate these activities by identifying suitable locations for placemaking in their community, working with a group to develop a placemaking project or activity, and thinking about how collaboration by design can implement the project.

In addition to placemaking and charrettes, the training also discusses walkability, housing, form-based codes and more.

Questions about this training series can be sent to Holly Madill at To learn more about these types of trainings, including the Online Certificate Training Program available at any time, visit: Learn with NCI.

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