Public Space Authority (PSA) is a private company with a public mission. PSA blends community engagement, research, analysis and intentional design to curate meaningful public spaces that balance community-driven and commercially-driven programming. PSA is managed by influential urban planners who view public spaces as unique living environments with different histories, cultures, and possibilities.
PSA embraces a place-making approach to designing and operating public spaces in a way that maximizes value to the surrounding community. We study how a place is used--who uses it, what developments surround it, and who lives or works nearby. PSA also embraces the paradigm that the community is the expert. We utilize a variety of civic engagement tools that leverage feedback. This valued feedback holistically informs our approach to spatial design, infrastructure and the program calendar.
Urban public spaces originated in ancient Greece (the agora) as places of discussion and the exchange of culture. In a time when America’s system of democracy is as polarized as ever, Silicon Valley needs more playful and engaging public spaces that bring people of all stripes together to discuss, celebrate, and experience local and global culture.
PSA will constantly assess, implement and evaluate a variety of different techniques using food, art, programming and DIY creativity in various combinations according to the unique makeup of each public space to create wonderful experiences for all.
Our Sister Companies
As the place-making and urban planning arm of the Treatbot family of companies, PSA pulls expertise from the food purveyor and event planning experience of Moveable Feast, the local maker movement and pop-up retail planning experience of San Jose Made (SJMADE), and the small-scale pioneering entrepreneurial karaoke ice cream truck, Treatbot.
What makes us different?
We engage, research, design, plan, program and operate
We are creative entrepreneurs that understand the business of public spaces
We embrace and weave local culture into our projects
We think lighter, quicker, cheaper
We curate experiences