It gives me a chance to reconnect with Ariella Cohen, she is the executive editor of Next City, "a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting cities and informing the people who work to improve them." As facilitator she invited me to participate on her panel during the Reclaiming Vacancies conference in New Orleans last year. More recently, she visited California and we gave her a tour of Old Oakland's Popuphood shops. I am particularly interested in checking out their new space: "a storefront for urban innovation." This concept of blending art installations, engagement and civic dialogue has a wonderful precedent with SPUR and Gaffta which use exhibitions to engage the audience with complex issues around urban planning and the future of cities. We are working on a similar concept, a popup office of inovation slated for downtown Oakland in March! Stay tuned...
As it is my first time in Philadelphia, tweet me your recommendations @popuphood.
I look forward to learning what strategies are working there and sharing what we have learned during our first year. I will be presenting The Culture of the Interim and following that a Round table title: Pop-ups as an small business incubation strategy.
More about the event below. (from the Next City website)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2013 | 12:00PM - 7:00PM
Following decades of decline, commercial corridors have reclaimed an important role in the revitalization of our cities. Community leaders, policymakers, artists and developers are investing time, energy and money into animating these corridors to again serve their neighborhoods. On Saturday, February 16, fifteen urban innovators from cities across the country will convene in Philadelphia for “Crafting Corridors: Reinventing the Urban Street”, an afternoon salon hosted by Next City and sponsored by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. And you’re invited.
- Meet the Vines Brothers, who wear their love for St. Louis on their sleeves — literally. Hailing from the great state of Missouri, Jeff and Randy will tell us how their love affair with St Louis’ Cherokee Street began and how their business, STL-Style, has become more than just a storefront.
- Learn how New York-based Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has used Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC) experiments to activate space and build consensus. David Nelson will also present PPS’ recently released Rightsizing Streets Guide.
- Hear about the revival of Passyunk Avenue. Sam Sherman, Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation’s executive director, will share how this street, which cuts across the grid and through the heart of South Philadelphia, is breaking the mold.
- Plus, hear from the creative minds behind Station North Arts & Entertainment District, Baltimore; Icy Signs, Philadelphia/Brooklyn; the Livonia Avenue Initiative, New York; Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia; Central Market Partnership, San Francisco; CoSign, Cincinnati; and many more!
The salon is open to the public. Registration is required.The complete line-up of presenters will soon be announced, so be sure to check back for updates.