17:00 to 18:00 [GMT (London) Time]
PROMOTING PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE SPACES (POPS), CITY OF TORONTO, CANADA
James Parakh, Manager of Urban Design for Toronto and East York District at the City of Toronto Planning Division outlines his work mapping and publicizing the city’s hundreds of privately owned but publicly accessible plazas, parkettes and courtyards - owned by developers but often provided as part of agreements with city planners.
CHARM BRACELET PLACEMAKING, CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH, USA
Chris Siefert, Museum Deputy Director outlines how over 20 cultural, recreational and educational organizations in Northside Pittsburgh have collectively: created a new theater in an old building; used art to transform an unwelcoming underpass; put on events at the local Farmers Market; worked with schools; renovated a city park; awarded micro-grants.
About The New Barn-Raising
The New Barn-Raising is an initiative to encourage the exchange of international best practice around sustaining community and civic assets such as parks, recreation centers, libraries, neighborhood stores, senior centers, museums and theaters. These are places and spaces characterized by a high degree of accessibility, popularity and sense of belonging to 'the people'.
The term New Barn-Raising refers to how different groups (business, citizens, foundations, non-profits groups, politicians, social entrepreneurs, social investors, taxpayers and unions) can all pull together to support assets.