Popuphood is pleased to announce our scope has expanded form one block to fifteen blocks with-in the Koreatown Northgate Community Benefits District (KONO CBD). We have completed the first phase of assessment and look forward to diving deeper with research, outreach, and creative engagement. To further these goals I proposed Creative Disruption in collaboration with Liz Ogbu, Faculty and Scholar in Residence at California College of Arts. Popuphood will act as the community partner to the Engage Community Arts Program building community and connecting students from Oakland’s prestigious arts institution to local urban innovation.
Creative Disruption is a multidisciplinary class that will spend the next two months utilizing creative forms of research and engagement. We seek to understand the needs and desires the diverse constituencies of the Koreantown-Northgate as well as propose opportunities for engagement. The semester began in January and continues through May, 2013.
More information, What is KONO?
Koreatown Northgate (KONO) is defined by 15 blocks between 20th and 35th Streets along Telegraph Avenue in Oakland California. This district has a unique opportunity to capitalize on its central location between Berkeley and Downtown Oakland. It is positioned between Temescal and Uptown, two neighborhoods that are in the midst of a cultural and economic renaissance. Temescal boasts new bars, restaurants and a new retail corridor. Uptown has gained momentum with the restoration of the Fox Theater and the ever popular Paramount Theater. The recent branding of KONO reﬂects the lively and diverse character of the district. Historically, Korean-American business property owners have been the largest investors in the district. More recently the Monthly Art Murmur and First Friday Events have brought National exposure to the galleries and potential of this creative corridor.
Who is the awesome Liz Ogbu?
Elizabeth (Liz) Ogbu's professional and academic work has focused on how to leverage design to address larger issues around social, economic, and political inequities. Ogbu is also regarded as a leading voice in issues of sustainable (social, economic, and environmental) design as well as the spatial conditions of challenges urban environments. She has authored numerous articles and papers as well as spoken throughout the country and internationally.
What is next?
We will be looking at retail in this district yet we have chosen a broader initial approach with an assessment phase, which we have just completed. Stay tuned for images, thoughts, and insights from these super talented students!