Expertise for Communities

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, December 14, 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Capitol Theatre, 204 Mass. Ave., Arlington

    The Planners' Movie and Meet-up series continues with a screening of William H. Whyte's classic documentary, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces! Made as part of a research effort spearheaded by The Street Life Project in conjunction with the Municipal Art Society of New York, this seminal work explores the successes and failures of public spaces in New York City. 

    This film screening event includes an hour dedicated to networking, followed by the film and a discussion facilitated by David Gamble. Mr. Gamble is the Founding Principal of Gamble Associates, a Lecturer in Urban Design at MIT, and the editor of Idea City: How to make Boston More Livable, Equitable, and Resilient. His research and writing probe the catalytic effects of contemporary urban design and planning projects with a focus on creative implementation strategies to enable redevelopment. This is one event you do not want to miss! 

    5:30 pm: Networking, appetizers, cash bar

    6:30 pm: Showtime

    7:45pm: Discussion, led by David Gamble.

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    Free for CPM, APA-MA, and MAPD members, as well as students. 

    Non-members: $10.00

    Sponsored by: Consulting Planners of MA, MA Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-MA) and MA Association of Planning Directors (MAPD)

    About the film:

    Probably one of the most well-regarded films about urban planning, its focus is essentially on human nature. But by looking closely at how human nature interacts with and responds to the built environment, the film shows how city planners and designers can encourage and allow the creation of spaces people will want to use.

    Whyte had contributed to the city’s comprehensive plan in 1969 and became interested in how the city governed public space usage as a result. Through the film and an accompanying book, Whyte and his team chose a variety of public spaces like plazas, streetscapes, playgrounds, even entire neighborhoods like Harlem, and set about observing and recording how and why people use them.

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    Information for AICP Members:

    AICP members can earn 2.0 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. More information about AICP's CM program can be found at

Past events

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 Advocacy Planning, Ethics and the Unfinished Business of Planning
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 Book Panel: Idea City
Friday, October 27, 2023 King Tide 2023
Friday, June 16, 2023 Summer Social
Thursday, May 25, 2023 Workshop: What Factors Impact Access to Public Spaces and for Whom?
Saturday, March 18, 2023 CPM at CPTC Annual Conference 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023 POSTPONED: CPM 2023 Winter Social
Thursday, November 17, 2022 Conversation with Ann Sussman, CPM Speaker Series 2022-23
Friday, October 21, 2022 Conversation with Dr. Nir Buras on The Art of Classic Planning, CPM Speaker Series 2022-23
Thursday, July 28, 2022 Micromobility Forum: Meeting with Spin Scooters
Thursday, July 14, 2022 CPM Annual Meeting & Networking Event
Friday, June 10, 2022 North Station Micromobility Infrastructure Tour
Thursday, April 28, 2022 Micromobility Forum: Meeting 2 (Rescheduled)
Thursday, March 31, 2022 Creating a Race Equity Framework and Tools for Planners
Friday, February 25, 2022 Micromobility Forum: Meeting 2 - POSTPONED
Friday, January 21, 2022 Micromobility Forum
Friday, November 05, 2021 King Tide 2021: Tour the Impacts of Super High Tide on Boston's Waterfront
Sunday, June 27, 2021 Summer Social
Thursday, December 10, 2020 Celebrating Human Rights Day
Monday, October 19, 2020 KING TIDE
Thursday, March 05, 2020 Planners Roundtable: Autonomous Vehicles--How & when will they change our lives?
Thursday, January 09, 2020 2020 Early Winter Get Together
Thursday, October 10, 2019 The Human Scale
Wednesday, June 05, 2019 Boston By Foot Upcoming Tours
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019 "The Experimental City" film screening
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Thursday, March 01, 2018 Immigration and Urban Planning
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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 2018 Florida Legislative Preview. Free AICP credits.
Monday, November 27, 2017 Chapter 40B workshop for municipal officials & board members
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Thursday, September 28, 2017 MA Chemical Safety and Climate Change Preparedness Training
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 2017 Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors Annual Conference
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Thursday, May 18, 2017 Smart Growth Alliance Conference
Saturday, May 06, 2017 APA National Planning Conference 2017
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Monday, May 01, 2017 Jane Jacobs in the Woo
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Thursday, March 16, 2017 FREE AICP CM credits: Livable Transit Corridors
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Free AICP Credits - webinar on Aircraft impacts on Stormwater Runoff
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Thursday, February 23, 2017 Kick-off Social (Planners Network Greater Boston Chapter)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Implementing Water 2070: Water Conservation Planning for Florida Communities (1.5 CM credits)
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Friday, February 10, 2017 Documentary on the Art of Design
Friday, February 10, 2017 Webinar: Bicycling Innovations for Small Towns & Rural Communities
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Friday, December 09, 2016 APA-MA/MAPD Annual Awards and Holiday Luncheon
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Thursday, October 20, 2016 SNEAPA 2016
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Friday, June 24, 2016 Tour of Spectacle Island
Thursday, June 02, 2016 “Communities making great places”
Thursday, May 19, 2016 2016 MAPD Annual Conference
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