WALC Institute is pleased to present the AARP Pop-Up Demonstration Took Kit authored by WALC Institute Executive Director Robert Ping, sponsored by AARP Livability Communities and edited by AARP Livable Communities Advisor/Editor Melissa Stanton. This resource provides a step-to-step guide of how to implement a successful pop-up event or project along with six case studies for your review.
Tool Kit Overview
Inspiring livability advancements are taking place in tiny villages, sprawling suburbs and the largest city centers. But permanent, large-scale changes can be difficult to launch. That's why "pop-up" demonstration projects — temporary bike lanes, protected intersections, crosswalks, parklets, sidewalk cafes, plazas, benches, street trees and more — are such valuable tools.
Pop-up demonstration projects — also known as "tactical urbanism," "Do-It-Yourself urbanism" or "DIY urbanism" — typically involve community members working together to bring attention to overlooked spaces, address neighborhood issues, or demonstrate things they want changed or improved within a public or sometimes private space such as a streetscape, empty building or underused lot.
When it's possible to illustrate a new idea through the temporary pop-up installation or demonstration, a proposal or desired enhancement can be more quickly understood, supported and achieved.
A pop-up demonstration project can be organized and implemented quickly or over time.
Please click on the buttons below to read each section of the tool kit along with the individual case studies.
The Pop-Up Demonstration Tool Kit