MISSION: PEOPLE FOR URBAN PROGRESS IS AN INDIANAPOLIS-BASED 501c3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT ADVANCES CONNECTIVITY, ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS, AND GOOD DESIGN.

So here's what happened - in the fall of 2008, we knew that the RCA/Hoosier Dome was slated for demolition, as the Indianapolis Colts were moving to their new home at Lucas Oil Stadium. We wondered if there was a plan for the building's iconic white roof. Turns out, there wasn't. So we got to work.

PEOPLE FOR URBAN PROGRESS was founded by Michael Bricker and Maryanne O'Malley - two citizens that wanted to create a better urban experience in Indianapolis. We were tired of complaining about our city - it's struggling transit, wasteful practices, bad design, and underused public spaces. 

We created PUP to make the change we wanted to see in our city.

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So we started making things, transforming the RCA Dome roof into messenger bags, clutches, and wallets. The first 1000 units generated nearly $70,000, half of which paid the local designers and makers of the products.

The RCA DOME days after deflation. The roof fabric was taken down in large pieces and prepared for transport and storage.

The RCA DOME days after deflation. The roof fabric was taken down in large pieces and prepared for transport and storage.

One of our messenger bags made from the roof of the RCA Dome.

One of our messenger bags made from the roof of the RCA Dome.

And the other half helped us design & build some shade structures and pavilions using the same roof material.

Dome fabric shade structure at the South Circle Farm.

Dome fabric shade structure at the South Circle Farm.

And in the Highland Vicinity neighborhood.

And in the Highland Vicinity neighborhood.

Today our work and resources continue to expand. Since 2008 in addition to the RCA Dome roof, we've salvaged 9000 Bush Stadium seats, nearly 5 miles of Super Bowl XLVI fabrics and vinyls, 640 Hinkle Fieldhouse seats, and 80 parking meters. Every day, we work with local designers, fabricators, doers, and makers to make sure that these resources find their way back into the public. 

 

THIS IS PROGRESS. GOODS FOR GOOD.