The Next Big Thing Urbanism Workshop was an initiative to take previous design and community development efforts of Glass House Collective to the next level.
During a two-day intensive design workshop, over 100 workshop participants proposed ways to improve Glass Street while maintaining a realistic attitude about both big and small moves that, collectively, could begin to enhance the prospects for the neighborhood and its citizens.
Teams were asked to consider how improved urbanism could have a positive impact on various aspects of the neighborhood, including business viability, quality public spaces, access to services, improved housing options, increased public safety, and opportunities for the community to engage and contribute.
Designs needed to leverage the variety of assets that already exist in the community including physical places, existing businesses, individuals, organizations, previous accomplishments, and sections of the built environment.
What resulted were dozens of creative, realistic, and scalable urban revitalization tactics for improving residential, commercial, and public space within a 5 minute walk radius surrounding historic Glass Street, each contributing to the revitalization effort already underway. Designs specifically addressed implementation within 1 month, 1 year, 3 year time frames, prioritizing lighter, quicker, and cheaper techniques.
While not all the proposals generated will be implemented as designed, they will be the basis of successive small neighborhood workshops to explore specific concepts, projects, and implementation tactics reflecting the residential, commercial, and public space needs of the Glass Street community. Glass House Collective will work with the neighborhood to adapt designs, ultimately using a bunch of little things to create the next big thing on the street.
Using the lenses that Glass House Collective sees their work through, the Outcomes of The Next Big Thing Urbanism Workshop have been organized into three categories:
• Here Because We Love It Here, proposals focused on Creative Placemaking
• Bringing Life Back to Glass Street, proposals focused on Feet on the Streets
• The Next Big Thing, proposals focused on New Partnerships
Not all proposals developed during the workshop are included in this document; however, those that most closely meet the mission of Glass House Collective have been compiled and described in the pages that follow. The appendix lists all project proposals from each team.