“As a proud and long-time resident of Indianapolis, I have been privileged to witness the impact of good people giving back to the community. Together, we are stronger, and it is in this spirit that I begin my work at PUP. I'm excited to work with the team, board, and volunteers as we enact our vision as Citizen Design Champions."Read More
Privately owned public spaces influence how people view the city. They create dialogue and encourage everyone to be part of the conversation moving forward. As David Rubin said at the third DAYLIGHT event, “Engagement and dialogue within our communities will be the saving grace of culture.”Read More
It is important that we remember the history of the neighborhoods we serve. With such a fast-changing Indianapolis, it is becoming very difficult to engage our neighbors in every step of the way. There is a big vision for this place we all come home and it is critical to be inclusive in the process.Read More
Our actions as creators of urban environments serve as our piece in the larger puzzle of creating inclusive culture. It just so happens that our tool, our act of social justice and inclusion, to contribute is design.Read More
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 engagementRead More
We are excited to announce the launch of our new series about architecture, public space, and the future of cities: DAYLIGHT.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.”Read More
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.Read More
In the long run; this is the absolute best next step for Indianapolis. As the 14th-largest city, we currently have the 83rd-largest bus fleet in the country. If we want to continue to grow, transit is one of the easiest ways to do that.Read More
So, while I believe that clean energy is absolutely a solution to reducing carbon emissions, I also believe that our attitude of expecting what we want, when and where we want it needs to change big time.Read More
"What if it isn’t so much Indianapolis trying to be Brooklyn, as Brooklyn wanting to capture something of Indianapolis?"Read More
The truth is, however, that we're no longer a startup. The days of cleaning Dome Fabric in my bathtub are over (fact). Increasingly, we're interested in what it means to be post-startup. At the studio, we're constantly discussing scale, production, and community engagement - making sure that as we grow, we continue to bring the community with us.Read More