DAYLIGHT // S1 E1 – Designing the Third Place

Half of the battle with creating an effective third place is creating an atmosphere of dignity and pride for all that visit. When people are proud of their neighborhoods, they become invested in maintaining and improving it. The way we communicate with one another must be purposefully encouraged by our environment to promote stronger relationships and deeper community engagement

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Superhero for Hire

After guiding PUP for nearly 10 years, it is with great enthusiasm that I'm able to announce that I'll be assuming the position of Founder and Director of Public Design. This is a reduced role that will enable the organization to hire a new Executive Director. The addition of this leadership position has been a long time coming, and will enable me to focus more holistically on PUP's impact on Indianapolis' architecture, design, and public spaces. 

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PUP is Moving.

At Central State, for the first time ever, PUP will be housed under the same roof as our resources. So for those of you who have always wondered what acres of RCA Dome fabric looks like, we'll be able to show you. More importantly, we'll be able to fully highlight the trajectory of our resources - demonstrating how, through design and making, they are transformed from trash to a custom bag, a bus stop, or a pavilion.

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We Love Liz

“My time in Kenya and other developing countries helped me put a face behind the people who make our clothes. Of course I had heard of sweatshops, but when you hear someone’s story while sitting in their one room house it tends to change the way you think. I started to realize that clothing production with small fair trade production houses gives women ownership of their lives – they can choose if they want to go back to school, if they want to add on to their house, and where they will send their kids to school.”

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THE ARCHITECTURE OF NO MEAN CITY: EPISODE ONE

A good friend of mine always says - if you want to sound like you know what you’re talking about, then say something that is 80% true.

So here goes. I’m guessing that most of us spend at least 80% of our lives in and around the built environment. The number is probably closer to 95%, but whatever. The point is, we as citizens, rarely escape constructed space. It’s all around us, all the time. So much so that one could easily make the argument that shelter + human = civilization.  

Given the ubiquity of this relationship, it’s weird that we almost never talk about it. And here in Indianapolis, unquestionably, words like ‘design’ and ‘architecture’ are so relegated to the margins that they're almost invisible.  

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