Live / Playful Placemaking: Community Engagement Strategies Using Social Science in the Design Process

Includes a Live Web Event on 10/04/2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

Community engagement strategies are critical to making a successful project come to life! Traditionally, this often takes the form of public meetings, design workshops, or surveys. However, by taking the scientific benefits of play and aligning them with a unique playful placemaking approach, you can empower communities, support community perspectives, and design successful public spaces through the power of play. This interactive session offers a unique opportunity to participate in these play and engagement models to innovate the built environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize how the benefits of play directly align with playful placemaking methodologies designed to support community engagement.
  • List five tips for planning and holding playful public meetings.
  • Outline the types of play and engagement models to empower communities and innovate the built environment.
  • Describe tools and available resources that can guide the prioritization and implementation of playful placemaking.

Joy Kuebler, RLA


Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC

Joy Kuebler, RLA, ASLA is Trustee for the NY Upstate Chapter ASLA, and President of Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC an award winning firm with work focusing on the human experience in the landscape. Joy has shared her experience of empowerment through play from the TEDx stage and successfully uses play to empower communities and inform her design process.

Joy was recognized as the 2016 Ellen Shipman Distinguished Private Practitioner by the NYUASLA Chapter. Her firm has been recognized as a Buffalo Fast Track Company and one of Key Banks’ Most Innovative Small Businesses. In 2020 Joy launched a new company; PLAYCE Studio, which has the mission of transforming the world of engagement and design.

Cheryl Salazar


Cheryl graduated from California Baptist University’s Master of Public Administration program with a passion for community and recreation. Cheryl has over 15 years in the recreation industry including with the City of Fontana, Riverside County and City of San Marcos, California. She has managed operations, marketing, training, budgeting, nonprofits and events over the years.  

Her professional career started as a lifeguard in her hometown which grew her enthusiasm and creativity for helping people. As she moved up in her field, she was involved in expanding engagement opportunities to the communities her employers served. Cheryl is now an entrepreneur and involved with PLAYCE Studio as a partner.

This session will offer the following credits:


0.1 IACET CEU          1.0 AIA HSW LU      1.0 LA CES HSW PDH

CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.

Speakers Disclosures:

The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


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Playful Placemaking Webinar Joining Link
10/04/2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  75 minutes
10/04/2023 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  75 minutes
Obtain Your CEU Credit
Step 1: Complete Survey
9 Questions
Step 2: Take Quiz
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  80/100 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  80/100 points to pass
Step 3: Download Certificate
1.00 (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) credit  |  Certificate available