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Presentation: We’re Talking Tactics! Fast Installations to make Community Spaces

  • Hilton Hotel 921 SW 6th Ave Portland, OR, 97204 United States (map)

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City Repair organizers Ridhi D'Cruz and Kirk Rea will be co-presenting during a session of the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference (Feb 11-13).

This session will provide examples and instruction on short-term, flexible changes in the built environment to achieve long-term goals. A lighting round of speakers will present tools and strategies for direct community participation in visioning, design and construction of street, sidewalk, park, vacant lot and underutilized space conversions that generate momentum for community-building and investment. Examples range from locally sourced art, temporary street furnishings, bike lanes and racks, to conversion of parking and vacant spaces into flexible places for outdoor eating, community-based vendors and small business start-ups. Interactive breakouts will follow where participants develop plans for short-term installations to test ideas, next iterations to activate space over time, and a vision for ultimate change. Join us to learn techniques for organizing and implementing tactical urbanism, including finding and mobilizing partners, initial visioning, setting goals, coordinating with public agencies, budgeting and funding, and next steps for advancing long-term solutions.

Take Aways

Participants will gain expanded knowledge of the types and uses of temporary and low costs installations and toolkits for implementation.

Participants will learn tools for directly engaging the public in planning, design and implementation of changes in their communities.

Participants will learn examples of tactical urbanist start-ups that attracted further improvements and investments.