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Melissa Arrowsmith

Preservation Specialist, Michigan Historic Preservation Network in Detroit, MI

Vacant Not Blighted

PRESENTED ON APR 30, 2019
IN DETROIT @ VOL 37

Melissa Arrowsmith holds a Master of Urban Planning from Wayne State and has dedicated her career to working on changing the Detroit blight narrative. She works with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network to keep the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Detroit alive.

One of the programs that our presenter Melissa Arrowsmith manages s the Living Trades Academy that is a hands-on, paid training program for underemployed Detroiters in the preservation trades.

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City Urban Planning in Genoa

BY BEATRICE MORETTI
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 26, 2012

Beatrice Moretti and Paola Sabbion are architects from URBAN LAB. In this presentation, they cover a project called the new City Urban Planning.
 The project involved the announcement of the Genoa Urban Plan 2010 through the publication of the Urban Lab Notebooks, and the staging of the exhibition "Genoa Today, Genoa Tomorrow" in December 2011, an extraordinary instrument of participation and opportunity for discussion. (in Italian)

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Revive Alameda

BY KILLIS ALMOND
@ VOL 10 ON MAY 28, 2013

Killis Almond goes in depth on the history of San Antonio's Alameda Theater and the city's current plans for its use and preservation. 

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The Evolution of a Vacant Site

BY BRIE SHEROW
@ VOL 19 ON MAY 25, 2014

Urban Strategist Brie Sherow brokers vacant spaces for creative projects in quake torn Christchurch. In a city full of empty lots, Brie and the team at Life in Vacant Spaces help facilitate the short term leases of empty space to temporarily rejuevite sites. Brie explains how one site over the course of 7 months hosted a wide variety of artistic and community projects.  

"Presentation of the Day" on July 15, 2014.

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Urban Textile Landscapes

BY COLLEEN CLINES
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 16, 2014

Colleen Clines, Co-Founder & CEO of Anchal Project & dyeScape in Louisville, discusses how bringing together her passion for urban spatial design and social entrepreneurship is addressing vacant land in the city.

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Urban Permaculture

BY DE BOER JESSIE
@ VOL 10 ON APR 08, 2016

Jessie De Boer, with Ivan and Sven founded Berefoot Solutions proposing permaculture solutions in different sites across Kenya.

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The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight

BY CHRIS HAWLEY
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"The Belt Line … will be the next phase in Buffalo’s sustainable development."

In The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 16, urbanist and preservationist, Chris Hawley, presents the Belt Line -- one of the most conspicuous and least-known features of Buffalo, NY. Each day, trains go by along it and people drive underneath and over it. It is the "third strand" in Buffalo's DNA, as important to the city's physical and economic geography as Joseph Ellicott's radial and grid plan and Frederick Law Olmsted's park and parkway system; as consequential to the city's development as the Erie Canal and Interstate Highway System.

The Belt Line was opened in 1883, with segments dating back to 1836. The rail line is 15 miles long, forming a continuous loop through Buffaloʼs downtown as well as the prominent industrial loft clusters that it helped to create. Today, the Belt Line's 12 million square feet of largely vacant or underutilized industrial space is the city's next frontier for sustainable development. Factory buildings are being recycled as mixed-use developments. These former industrial areas are becoming walkable centers again.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, July 27th, 2016. 

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onec1ty

BY RON YEARWOOD
@ VOL 22 ON NOV 16, 2016

A look at The onec1ty campus in Nashville, TN

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Ice House on Main - Heritage Preservation in Support of Community Development

BY JOSE QUINTANA
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 28, 2017

Jose Quintana discusses AdventGX's heritage preservation model - a process that leverages a community centric mix of entrepreneurship, the arts, and science in support of the development of sustainable heritage preservation. The model is market demand driven along three sustainable development vectors: financial, social and environmental.

This conservative approach to community development uses behavioral and experimental economics to mitigate risks and lower barriers to entry when embarking on new heritage preservation initiatives, not only in underserved urban communities but also in rural settings where heritage based assets are particularly important contributors to quality of life improvements.

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Buffalo Entertainment District Project, 1977-78

BY FRANK PALEN, ESQ., AICP
@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

“Think of me as a time traveler. I’m going to take you back to a place called Buffalo in the 1970s.”

In Buffalo Entertainment District Project, 1977-78 from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, attorney and urban renewal advocate, Frank Palen, recalls the creation of a historic district for theatre and culture from a once abandoned rust belt urban core. From 1977 to 1979, Palen was Research Associate in the Center for Community Research and Development at the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Environmental Design, serving as Coordinator of the Buffalo Entertainment District Project. The University at Buffalo’s graduate studio investigated the potential of promoting a theater district in what was then an increasingly abandoned section of Downtown, despite various setbacks and a challenging political climate. The result was a very high-profile effort that set an agenda for the redevelopment of Buffalo that continues today.