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Can San Diego Seed A Neighborhood With Pop-Up Cargotecture?

Can San Diego Seed A Neighborhood With Pop-Up Cargotecture? | green streets | Scoop.it

With plenty of vacant land and blocks of underdeveloped warehouses, the East Village district of downtown San Diego has the makings of the next great neighborhood. Situated between the Gaslamp quarter and Golden Hill, the East Village is bursting with location but dwindling on population. Lately, though, the neighborhood has been showing signs of growth. 

To spark pedestrian street life in this formerly industrial part of town, the partners at the collaborative Design TEMPO have launched a Kickstarter campaign to transform a vacant city-owned lot into a free-for-all public space featuring shipping-container retail, a beer garden, food trucks, a dog run, a movie screen, movable furniture, and green space. Dubbed RAD LAB—for Research Architecture and Development Laboratory—the project takes after Envelope A+D's popular Proxy development in San Francisco's Hayes Valley (and, to a lesser extent, London's shipping-container mall, Boxpark Shoreditch).

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San Francisco Embraces the Pop-Up for Neighborhood Revitalization

San Francisco Embraces the Pop-Up for Neighborhood Revitalization | green streets | Scoop.it

In San Francisco, pop-up incubator SQFT attempts to showcase the potential of temporary business for economic development.

Once a strategy for retailers to build brand awareness and coolness cred in a flashy spectacle (now you see us, now you don't), the pop-up shop has transformed into a tool of urban revitilization. In San Francisco, the city government has partnered with a pop-up incubator called SQFT to help activate a downtrodden neighborhood's potential with a jolt of temporary business inserted into retail deadspace. Today, SQFT celebrates its launch by bringing a slice of life to a string of blocks in San Francisco's Mid-Market with a pop-up library, yoga studio, and cafe, among other temporary businesses...

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In Oakland, a pop-up retail neighborhood for urban renewal

In Oakland, a pop-up retail neighborhood for urban renewal | green streets | Scoop.it
In Oakland, popuphood offers free retail space in unused buildings to local entrepreneurs for six months.

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Temporary Is the New Permanent

Temporary Is the New Permanent | green streets | Scoop.it
Despite their co-option by marketing teams, the pop-up remains a sharp tool in the urban revitalization kit...

Vacant lots, abandoned buildings, parking spaces, and even slivers of pavement, have been transformed by prudent partnerships between governments, artists, architects, and designers, and volunteers motivated to improve their own communities.

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A Collective Approach to Local Entrepreneurship

A Collective Approach to Local Entrepreneurship | green streets | Scoop.it

Locally owned shops were once cornerstones for products, services, employment and social networks in urban neighborhoods. The rise of automobiles, franchises and Internet shopping has forced many out of business or into niches that don't correspond with the needs of their local communities. However, in some cities they're seeing a resurgence due to creative initiatives that link grassroots activism with public- and private-sector resources.


In February, a special kind of shop opened in Amsterdam's Van der Pek neighborhood. It is called the Wisselwinkel, meaning "shift shop," because it hosts a new local entrepreneur every six months. If this trial period goes well, the entrepreneur receives assistance in setting up a more permanent location in the neighborhood.

Designed and constructed by MOS Collectief, the Wisselwinkel interior is flexible so that different startups can use it according to their needs. Along with the storefront, entrepreneurs receive practical guidance in connecting with support organizations, fulfilling legal requirements and attracting customers...

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Can a Highway Median Become an Alluring Public Space?

Can a Highway Median Become an Alluring Public Space? | green streets | Scoop.it
That's the question in Miami, where a design firm has created a temporary pop-up park, complete with sod and seating.

On one side of Miami’s Biscayne Boulevard is a thriving downtown, filled with condos and office towers. On the other side is the Atlantic Ocean, and in a few choice locations, nice waterfront parks. The division between – Biscayne – has four lanes in each direction and a 100-foot median in between that carries overhead rail tracks and parking lots. All in all, it’s a pretty wide barrier between the people and the parks.

“It’s not convenient or easy or neighborhood-accessible,” says Tony Garcia, a principal at the Street Plans Collaborative, an urban planning, design, and advocacy firm.

Instead of trying to cross the barrier, Garcia tried to bring the park closer to the people, temporarily converting the median into a pop-up public park. In partnership with the engineering and architecture firm C3TS, Garcia coordinated with the city’s parking authority to take over a 60-space lot for a week to lay down sod and put up benches...

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Inside a pop-up: remaking an empty lot with art and community engagement

Inside a pop-up: remaking an empty lot with art and community engagement | green streets | Scoop.it

There has been a lot of buzz recently about pop-up urbanism. From New York to Vancouver, there are a number of new, small projects that reclaim a bit of underused space and turn them into public spaces. I have yet to find a really clear definition of “pop-up urbanism,” but the projects are generally small, often temporary, ways to explore creative possibilities urban space.

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