This project thesis examines the role of placemaking in facilitating urban planning solutions through service learning, community collaboration, art activism, enhanced social equity, and public gathering. The final project seeks to bridge the San Diego-Tijuana Bi-National Region through a university-led, placemaking effort. The literature review examines the effect of city planning's disproportionate focus on large, long-term city planning projects versus small-scale urban interventions that support a more well-rounded, community-based, service learning approach to City Planning education. Without placemaking, it is not surprising to find urban environments that continue to remain dominated my vehicular infrastructure, offering local residents few opportunities to enjoy life outside of home and work. The main purpose of this project is to create a course curriculum on Bi-National Placemaking for San Diego State University, offering both city planning and art and design students the opportunity to engage in this practice, and develop a greater connection to their region. The course curriculum allow students to hone in on the 'art of placemaking' by developing a collaborative strategy, and engage in the implementation process of a placemaking project. Students will have the opportunity study the theories and works of notable placemakers, interact with skilled professionals, build connections with stakeholders, and work collaboratively within teams to develop Bi-National solutions.