October Webinar

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.

Webinar presenters


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. 


August Webinar

Did you miss the webinar or would you like to watch it again? Please click the button below for a link to the webinar recording and presentation materials?

Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Time: 11am pacific/ 12pm mountain/ 1pm central/ 2pm eastern   

Title: "Integrating Art, Culture and Imagination into Walkability"

Webinar overview

Crosswalks, sidewalks, bus stops, bike racks, trash cans, poles, utility boxes, walls, curb extensions, medians, roundabouts, bike lanes, buffers, intersections, plazas - all of these things and more can be canvases for artistic expression.

Adding art and fun to street treatments can showcase your community's culture and personality and bring a greater sense of pride to everyone who lives, works, plays and visits.

Join the WALC Institute and some local champions on this colorful and creative 60 minute journey through communities around the country that have introduced design and personality into their streetscapes.

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