Ward Joyce

Ward Joyce is a design/build architect and professor with a goal of introducing communities to the exciting new urban design process called "Tactical Urbanism", where low-cost and super quick urban renewal projects are done by citizens often without governmental sanctioning. There are many very exciting examples around the country where people took it into their own hands to make quick and impressive changes to their environments. They often have lasting impacts well beyond their limited scopes. These projects generate community engagement and demonstrate how under-utilized parking lots, overly wide streets, empty storefronts, alleys, etc can be transformed into public spaces at very low cost. These Pop-Up spaces help communities see that urban design can come from the bottom up, not just the top down. In the case of Montpelier, the City lived with an ugly vacant lot for 13 years, until Ward Joyce approached the owners with a plan to transform it into a public space. The land owners agreed to provide the land for free, and he raised funds locally, coordinated the design, permitting and development, and then donated the completed Pocket Park project to the City. He transformed a decrepit lot into a beautiful and dynamic community asset, with the assistance of students and community members Every community has ugly and under-developed spots that lend themselves to transformation - but an external spark may be needed to ignite the process. This type of project is hard to envision without examples and guidance from folks who have done them. They take creativity and tenacity, and the process should be facilitated by a designer.  This is the work that architect Ward Joyce presents with passion and discusses in the context of different communities or schools. His presentation, called "Tactical Urbanism in your Community", may inspire you to take action and help redesign your community. Learn more: Ward Joyce Design

Pocket Parks & Tactical Urbanisim
4:00 South Stage

Pocket Parks can be built on all sorts of underused public spaces and are surprisingly easy to accomplish. They are powerful tools for helping to revitalize downtowns, even as short term installations. Pop-ups can quickly illustrate how beautifying even small pockets of public space can impact the character and culture of a downtown. This presentation will show a cross section of tactical urbanism projects from around the country, including various in Vermont, that have moved the dial on our appreciation of public spaces.

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