Portraits of Pandemic Placemaking

  • 01/07/2021
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Online

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Join SHIFT Planning and Design, CNU-Colorado, Downtown Colorado Inc., and CU College of Architecture and Planning on January 7th at 8:30 AM to recognize outstanding COVID-responsive placemaking projects across the state, and explore both present challenges and opportunities for permanent improvements to the public realm. The event will begin with communities across the state, ranging from a few businesses on a city corner to an entire downtown coalition, rapidly summarizing the key themes, design innovations, funding strategies, and behavioral responses to their projects. Project types recognized include tactically redesigned streets to expand active transportation options, the creation of multi-faceted street life and commercial activity via pandemic-conscious placemaking, and homegrown manufacturers of related materials. Next, we will consider the biggest challenges presently faced, including winterization, sourcing of materials, funding and implementation, and equity, recapping the design guidance, funding opportunities, and potential policies that can help overcome them. Lastly, in the wake of this unprecedented resetting of expectations of the general public, business community, and local governments, we will explore, through the CU  College of Architecture and Planning’s flagship eDEN initiative, how the temporary can be made permanent, and how these constellations of distinct projects can be woven together to realize long-term aspirations for community-oriented streets.  

A special thank you to our sponsors:
Snosan

ASLA Colorado
Colorado Parklets

Black Hound Design Company


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