Fred Kent is a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city. As founder and president of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), Fred travels over 150,000 miles each year, offering technical assistance to communities and giving major talks across North America and internationally. In 2013, Fred was named one of the top 100 City Innovators Worldwide by UBM’s Future Cities.
Fred founded PPS in 1975 to apply and expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, the author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Over the past nearly 40 years, PPS has completed projects in over 3000 communities in 43 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Using its pioneering Placemaking approach, PPS partners with public and private organizations, federal, state and municipal agencies, business improvement districts, neighborhood associations and other civic groups, to improve communities by fostering successful public spaces that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.
Over the past decade, Fred has witnessed both a surge in the growth and energy of the Placemaking movement as well as the proliferation of some of the world’s gravest challenges. Today much of Fred’s work is focused on a series of transformative agendas aimed at alleviating such pressing global issues as climate change and public health.