UDS EVENTS



The Urban Design Studio hosts workshops, meetings, design charrettes and other events at the studio. Some events that we do such as the Sustainable City Series exceed the capacity of the UDS and therefore take place at other venues. We also collaborate with other organizations to put on events such as the new Pecha Kucha Night Louisville series. Below you will find events that the UDS is taking part in. For more information about these events or to find out about potential collaborations with the UDS on future events, please contact our director, Patrick Piuma at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

PARK(ing) Day Louisville 2013

 

The applications are rolling in for PARK(ing) Day Louisville 2013. Here is a map of the proposed locations and current participants for this year's event.

 

If you are unfamiliar with PARK(ing) Day, check out the global website here. Start thinking about where you would like your parklet to be set up so we can identify the metered spaces as soon as possible. We are on a much tighter deadline than last year so we will need to move fast to secure the spaces needed.

Last year we had more than 20 different organizations paritipate and are hoping to make this year's event even bigger. We are already on track to do that with the PARK(ing) Week initiative in collaboration with the Mayor's Office.

Download the application in PDF format: PARK(ING) Day Louisville 2013 Application Form (2.1 MB)

 

PARK(ING) Day Louisville 2013

Pre-Planning Event & Urbanist Happy Hour
August 22nd, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Nachbar (969 Charles Street) 

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Interested in building your own pop-up park for PARK(ing) Day this September 20th? Join us for an informational session and Urbanist Happy Hour at Nachbar on Goss Avenue this Thursday, August 22nd from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Patrick Piuma of the Urban Design Studio and Pat Smith of City Collaborative will be on hand to answer questions and hand out registration forms for parklets. Take this opportunity to brainstorm with your fellow urbanists on how we can improve public space in Louisville.

If you are unfamiliar with PARK(ing) Day, check out the global website here. Start thinking about where you would like your parklet to be set up so we can identify the metered spaces as soon as possible. We are on a much tighter deadline than last year so we will need to move fast to secure the spaces needed.

Last year we had more than 20 different organizations paritipate and are hoping to make this year's event even bigger. We are already on track to do that with the PARK(ing) Week initiative in collaboration with the Mayor's Office.

Whether you're building a pop-up park during PARK(ing) Day or just planning on taking in a few community built spaces across the city, come be part of the discussion.

Please email Patrick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan on attending, or cannot attend but would like to participate in PARK(ing) Day this year. Hope to see you on August 22nd!

Download the application in PDF format: PARK(ING) Day Louisville 2013 Application Form (2.1 MB)

 

PARK(ING) WEEK 2013

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Not to be confused with PARK(ING) DAY this year, though they are both related, PARK(ING) WEEK will extend the PARK(ING) Day experience the entire week of September 16th - 20th. Here is the hot off the presses press release from August, 20, 2013:


Local Architectural, Design Community to Showcase Talents
for Metro Hall Park(ing) Week in September

Events also include Happy Tail Hour, Pecha Kucha, Farmer's Market 

 

Louisville, KY (Aug. 20, 2013) – The first lane of Jefferson Street in front of Metro Hall will be transformed into a green gathering spot for one week in September, part of an international effort to temporarily reclaim streets and parking spaces and turn them into public places.

“Park(ing) Week at Metro Hall: Showcasing Louisville’s Design Community” is a joint project between Mayor Greg Fischer, the Transit Authority of River City and the Urban Design Studio.

“One of my goals is to make Louisville friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists; to reclaim our roads so they are complete streets – there for all people, not just vehicles,” Fischer said. “The city’s demonstration project in front of Metro Hall is designed to get people thinking of our roads as avenues for all forms of transportation – two-wheeled, two-legged, four-legged, buses/transit and, yes, four-wheels.”

The northern lane of Jefferson Street, between 5th and 6th streets, will be blocked to traffic September 16-20 and the blacktop will be painted with temporary green paint (three lanes will remain open to traffic).

A series of small parks, with materials and trees donated by local landscape firms and other organizations, will be created in the space by a variety of Louisville’s architects, landscape architects and designers.

TARC is partnering with a local architectural firm to design a unique bus stop that can be moved around the city. A special area for food trucks is also being designed -- and there will be seating for people to gather around the clock.

Three special evening events are also being planned for Park(ing) Week:

  • Happy Tail Hour, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday Sept. 16. People are invited to bring their dogs to Metro Hall for an evening of socializing and cocktails. There will be food trucks, a cash bar and vendors from local pet stores and animal rescue agencies will be set up. Louisville Metro Animal Services, which is overseeing the effort, will showcase animals for adoption.
  • Pecha Kucha, a night of sharing big ideas, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. The event will be held on the Metro Hall lawn and people will present their ideas for improving education. There will be food and cocktails. Each presenter gets 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide each to share their big ideas for the future. For more information, visit www.pklouisville.org
  • Farmers Market, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Local and regional farmers will be selling their fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. There will be music, food trucks and a cash bar. Cyclists from across Louisville will be biking to Metro Hall that evening to be part of the event.

Spaces along Jefferson Street are still available for architects and designers interested in participating. For more information, contact Patrick Piuma, Urban Design Studio, patrick.piuma (at) louisville.edu or Chris Poynter, Mayor’s Office, chris.poynter (at) louisvilleky.gov

Designers/local agencies already signed on to participate in Park(ing) Week include:
• Architectural Artisans
• Booker Design Collaborative
• Henry-McGalliard Landscape Design+Build
• K Norman Berry Associates Architects
• Kentucky American Society of Landscape Architects (KY ASLA)
• Studio Kremer Architects
• Luckett & Farley
• Urban Design Studio
• USGBC Emerging Professionals 

 


The following pdf document lays out the scope and process for architects, landscape architects and related professions interested in participating in the PARK(ING) WEEK project.

 

PARK(ING) WEEK MANUAL (PDF 2.1 MB)

 

Park(ing) Day 2011 Recap


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Park(ing) Day 2011 was a great success for Louisville's first coordinated multi-park system. As expected, some parks received more attention and foot traffic than others, but all-in-all there was a lot of interest around the parks. Hopefully the initiative provided some food for thought on how we use our public spaces and what "public space" really means, who is public space for, and how we could bring more greenspace and activity to our urban core. We would like to thank everyone who helped make Park(ing) Day a success from the volunteers and park designers to PARC, Public Works and Metro support as well as our partner Broken Sidewalk. Here are some photos by Branden Klayko, Patrick Piuma and Mary Beth Brown of the days events.

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Moving forward we will continue to explore ways to activate our public spaces and search for better ways to utilize the space between buildings! We are working on developing a monthly/bi-monthly discussion forum on issues around sustainability and the built environment at the Urban Design Studio. If you would be interested in participating in such a forum, please contact Patrick Piuma. Unlike the Sustainable City Series that we put on, this would be more interactive and hopefully generate more open discussion on current issues in the city as well as create a grassroots effort to support moving our city forward. We'll post more information soon.

 

Pecha Kucha Night Louisville #3 Recap


Thanks to all of our presenters, Appalatin, and the audience for making Pecha Kucha Night Louisville #3 such a great event. Click the image below to view some of the photos from the event. You can follow PKN Louisville event info an find other photos on our Facebook page as well. The next PKN Louisville will be in June, though the location and date has not yet been set. We will let you know more about the next event as soon as we have more details. If you are interested in participating in upcoming PKN events you can contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Claude Stephens of Bernheim, Chris Bowling of AIA-CKC, or William Morrow of 21c Museum. We look forward to seeing you at future events.

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