When we include inclusive design practices, we create a space for innovation. We open ourselves up to creating spaces and places that consider the emotional and psychological impact design can have on the people who inhabit those spaces. We can use design practices that not only reduce barriers, but also invite participation.
The Central State campus offers Indianapolis an opportunity to think big picture, in 2019, about how we want our city to be built. Building the connective threads that both weave across the campus and weave into the neighborhood, creating connections that reach beyond the Campus’ borders and benefit all of the surrounding residents, is an opportunity to take seriously.
PUP has reached a milestone, 10 years of remaking, dreaming, doing. What started as a simple idea to save a huge resource became a rallying point for change. It’s truly amazing what we’ve accomplished together so far and what comes up for me time and again is the fact that PUP seems to always be doing ‘the next right thing’ in a city that is constantly evolving. In this next chapter for PUP, you’ll be seeing more ‘next right things’ and we’re inviting you to come help us achieve our vision.
“The Washington Street Civic Projects will provide a unique lens with which we hope to highlight the idea of exhibition as civic action,” said Anne Surak, Exhibit Columbus Director of Exhibitions.“These leading organizations use architecture and design as tools of collaboration to effect positive change in their own cities, and we are excited to have them develop temporary projects in our community’s downtown corridor.”
For all of these projects, our work has been about how a salvaged resource intersects with people - the makers, fabricators, users, and citizens. Everyone working together to giving something new life, a new use, and hopefully in the long run, demonstrate how we can be more proactive when thinking about the future resources of our city.
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.
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.