Pop-Up District: A Guide to Returning the Public Realm to the Public

September 20, 2019 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 207A Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
Arts and Culture Placemaking Sustainable Development
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In recent years, the rise of pop-ups, tactical urbanism, and creative placemaking has taken center stage in cities across the world. D.C.’s Office of Planning recently published the “District of Columbia Public Space Activation & Stewardship Guide,” one of the first of its kind in the United States, which serves as a public resource to help stakeholders foster vital public spaces throughout the city. “Pop-Up District: A Guide to Returning the Public Realm to the Public” is an interactive workshop, led by D.C.’s Office of Planning and Gensler, to demonstrate best practices and principles on how people can successfully activate a range of places to advance creativity, community, and culture. This session will showcase how real estate stakeholders (developers, architects, business improvement districts, community leaders, etc.) can partner with government agencies to embrace space activation and stewardship, as well as help communities use the spatial resources of their neighborhoods to improve quality of life, address issues of spatial equity and social justice, create a sense of identity, bring vitality to streets, and vocalize in environmental sustainability.