Please join us for our October webinar
"INTEGRATING ART, CULTURE and IMAGINATION INTO WALKABILITY" - PART 2
Date: October 4, 2016
Time: 11am pacific/ 12pm mountain/ 1pm central/ 2pm eastern
Title: "Integrating Art, Culture and Imagination into Walkability - Part 2"
“Interaction design isn’t only about fixing problems; it’s also about facilitating interactions between people in richer, deeper, better ways – that is, finding new ways to better connect human beings to one another, and by doing so, make the world a better place to live."
–Designing for Interaction by Dan Saffer
During part one of Integrating Art, Culture and Imagination into Walkability, we shared multiple examples and stories of how communities have transformed streetscapes and furnishings including sidewalks, bus stops, bike racks, trash cans and so much more with some paint, plants, creativity and community support. These changes, whether large or small, helped affect the way people looked at where they live and brought them closer to their neighbors.
In part two of this series, we will re-image various street fixtures and places together as we share examples on how underutilized or abandoned streets and spaces have been transformed into interactive parklets, Open Street events and pop-up events by incorporating the element of human interaction. We will show you how adding music can change the way people respond to subway stairs, and many more examples of how adding "fun" to the streetscape can modify people's behavior and encourage them to be more active.
After the webinar, you will look at empty spaces and the places where you live, work and play in a whole different and unique way! So set aside this hour to get inspired with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute and some of our amazing partners.
Julie Flynn is a Project Director at Street Plans and leads the firm’s San Francisco office. Founded in Miami Beach in 2009, Street Plans is an award-winning urban planning, design, and research/advocacy firm with offices in Miami, New York City, and San Francisco. The firm is known for advancing innovative practices to test and implement projects for a range of public, private, and non-profit clients.
Julie has a strong background in communications and meeting facilitation, as well as extensive experience with best practices research and graphics production for urban planning projects. Julie recently served as Project Manager leading Street Plans’ work on the Public Space Stewardship Guide in partnership with the SF Plan-ning Department. She is currently leading research and best practices development for the Street Plans’ forthcoming Tactical Urbanism Guide to Materials and Design, funded by the Knight Foundation. Drawing on years of previous experience in large-scale public events for the arts/non-profit sectors, Julie leads many of Street Plans’ Tactical Urbanism demonstration projects, working with clients and local stakeholders to transform streets and public spaces using low-cost or borrowed materials.
As Deputy Project Manager for the PlanBTV Walk/Bike Project in Burlington, VT, Julie recently led design and installation of several complex Tactical Urbanism demonstration projects related to active transportation and livable streets. She is also leading Street Plans’ work developing a new permit process for Burlington that will enable more citizen-led demonstration projects in public rights-of-way in the future.
Prior to joining Street Plans, Julie worked as a Transportation Planner and Public Involvement Specialist at Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates (HSH) in New York, NY. At HSH, Julie worked on an array of projects at the federal, state, and neighborhood level. She also coordinated the city-wide permit process for New York City’s PARK(ing) Day event.
Pierre Thirion, is an interaction designer working with Daily tous les jour, an industry leader multidisciplinary projects at the intersection of interaction design and narrative environments. Their projects focus on collective experiences in public spaces, as well opportunities to enable change and stimulate engagement that sparks conversations amongst strangers, while also creating strong bonds between citizens and their environment.
Daily tous les jours work has won numerous international recognitions including Best in Show at the 2013 Interaction Awards, the Grand Prize at the 2014 UNESCO Shenzhen Design Awards, the 2015 Knights Cities Challenge Global Innovators Prize, and more recently, a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award.
The studio is also very active in design and digital arts communities, giving lectures and workshops worldwide, notably at SXSW, EYEO, INST-INT, New Cities Summit, TEDx, Ars Electronica, KIKK.
Pierre enjoys using digital and analog technologies to create environments in which people play a key role. Questioning objects and behaviors surrounding our daily lives is at the core of his approach. By creating empowering and playful experiences, he tries to demystify technology and make it accessible to different audiences through meaningful pieces.
Prior to working with Daily tous les jours, Pierre co-founded the french design studio Lab212, exploring the intersection between art and technology. He also worked on a wide variety of contexts, including interactive installations, websites, mobile apps, video games and pedagogical projects.
Pierre holds a Masters degree from Paris Gobelins’ Interactive Design program. His works have been shown in some festivals and exhibitions around the globe including onedotzero, la Gaîté Lyrique, le 104, Stéréolux, Cube festival, Nuit Blanche Amiens and more. Additional info on Pierre can be found on his personal website: 21h42.com
Robert Ping is WALC Institute's Executive Director and our resident "bikeaholic." Robert has focused nearly his entire career on getting people more active, especially is the children and youth, and especially on bicycles.
Robert has become well-known throughout the country for his work in developing Safe Routes to School programs and policies. He helps communities and advocates to improve the built environment and increase safety, social equity, and physical activity through bicycling and walking. Robert has provided on-site technical assistance and facilitation for pedestrian-and-bicycling initiatives in over 24 communities for the WALC Institute, and previously for dozens of other communities.
Robert also has developed a series of 11 fact sheets with AARP, and has presented for the National Association of Realtors, the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place national conference in Pittsburgh, PA, the Oregon Safe Routes to School annual conference and the New Partners for Smart Growth Tour in Denver, CO, among many, many others. Robert also has more than two decades of experience managing non-profit organizations and programs, with experience in Complete Streets, Smart Growth, Social Equity, policy change at the state, regional, and local levels, program development, technical assistance, public speaking and community organizing.
From 2003 through 2013, Robert focused on Safe Routes to School, becoming a national leading expert in this growing movement to get kids active and improve the built environment. Robert was a Safe Routes to School National Partnership staff expert, was appointed by Congress to the federal Safe Routes to School Task Force and has provided technical assistance to states, regions and cities throughout the U.S. Robert managed the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s bicycle education program reaching hundreds of youth classes and nearly 40,000 students around Oregon, and was the founding manager of Portland, Oregon’s successful citywide Safe Routes to School program. Robert’s experience also includes community organizing and serving on many national, state and local advisory committees. He founded the national Active Transportation Diversity Task Force and spearheaded the RWJF-funded “Making Public Schools Diverse and Walkable” framing paper with PolicyLink and ChangeLab Solutions.
Making a livable environment possible, one community at a time.
"WALC Institute helped us prioritize and showed our community that we needed change and that is was possible to do; we created a coalition of key stakeholders to help guide the work. We continue to receive the technical push back but continue to push forward, and not taking no as an answer. Without the help of the WALC Institute team the New Ulm community would not be as far along in helping to promote walking and biking as we are today. We have made great strides in a short period of time. We still have a long way to go, but now we have momentum and plan to continue to accomplish the recommendations contained in our WALC report. I am so glad that Mark [Fenton; WALC field partner] talked me into hiring WALC [Institute] to do a report for us rather than just having Mark come and do a community presentation and walk audit."
-New Ulm, Minnesota, Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project
"Thank you for coming to Baton Rouge and providing an outstanding educational experience. The presentations during the dinner framed Complete Street concepts and challenges in a way that, I believe, created more of a sense commonality among us in terms of both aspiration and awareness of challenges. The site analysis and workshop tour focusing on the Perkins Road Overpass area the following day continued that experience in a more focused way. While political and financial challenges certainly remain, I believe that a new level of communication has been created among all the entities involved, as well as greater respect for the role that STAC [Sustainable Transportation Committee] can play. I hope that you all will come back soon, and that we can show off some great paths and places that you helped inspire."
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee
"WALC Institute gave our community a cohesive vision and plan that we could implement. WALC was instrumental in helping us define goals and move forward collaboratively. Their expertise and guidance helped our community take on a process that seemed overwhelming on our own. WALC successfully engaged our entire community, recognizing and respecting a variety of conflicting viewpoints to put us on a path to achieve our goals."
-Eldon, Missouri, City of Eldon
"Though only here a short time, the WALC Institute helped reinforce the ideals behind our newly launched Go Healthy, Columbus (www.gohealthycolumbus.org) campaign, which has the goal of encouraging community design that promotes healthy active living for all ages. In only 1.5 days, they toured the community, met with our Safe Routes to School Task Force and our Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Team, and gave 3 public presentations to nearly 150 people related to Safe Routes to School, Aging in Place, and Building a Community for Active Living. The wealth of knowledge and experience of the WALC Institute was very apparent as they moved from one place to another seamlessly relating local programs and projects to what has happened nationally and internationally. Our binders are full of great ideas that we are looking forward to implementing over the next several years!"
-Columbus, Indiana, 2015, Reach Healthy Communities
"I think it was a wonderful effort that provided information and solutions to an ever growing issue in Houston. The [WALC Institute's] report is the perfect tool for organizing in the Alief community."
-Houston, Texas, Alief neighborhood, AARP Texas
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