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Building a Better Community


We are driven by our passion for cities to work with the community on projects  that improve our built environment.

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Building a Better Community


We are driven by our passion for cities to work with the community on projects  that improve our built environment.

Current Activity

ReSurfaced: The Liberty Build ReSurfaced is back in a new location. The Liberty Build is the next activation at the corner of Shelby & Liberty in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. The focus will be to create a multifunctional community space. June 2-11 will be a kick off with continued build out and activation over the course of 18-months. Read more!

ReSurfaced: The Liberty Build
ReSurfaced is back in a new location. The Liberty Build is the next activation at the corner of Shelby & Liberty in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. The focus will be to create a multifunctional community space. June 2-11 will be a kick off with continued build out and activation over the course of 18-months.

Read more!

Louisville Parklet Program Currently City Collaborative is working with local business owners and Louisville Metro to develop the first parklet prototype for Louisville. More details available soon.

Louisville Parklet Program
Currently City Collaborative is working with local business owners and Louisville Metro to develop the first parklet prototype for Louisville.

More details available soon.

Mobile Community Design Studio In an effort to bring public engagement to the places that need it, we are exploring the potential and feasibility of a fully mobile studio. More details available soon.

Mobile Community Design Studio
In an effort to bring public engagement to the places that need it, we are exploring the potential and feasibility of a fully mobile studio.

More details available soon.

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Our Approach


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Our Approach


We see the city as a laboratory for experimentation, utilizing such tools as tactical urbanism to develop quick, light-risk prototypes to test ideas and assumptions before our community commits to more resource-intensive solutions. In this way the relatively smaller actions lead to longer-term solutions.

Our goal is to foster a new civicism (devotion to civic interests and causes) by collaborating with civic-minded organizations and citizens to transform spaces into vibrant places, engaging and building on local assets, catalyzing urban rehabilitation, and improving the sustainability, health and appeal of our community for everyone. Our projects and programs focus on creating a healthier environment, improving economic development, and provide educational opportunities for our community to grow together. 

City Collaborative applies human-centered design methods at the onset of projects to develop a solid foundation for problem solving that leads to innovative solutions, be it creative placemaking, community building programs, or policy change. This approach not only helps create a better understanding of the users and stakeholders but also dives deeper into identifying the underlying problems before trying to apply a solution.

 

Environment and Health

The design of our built environment greatly affects the health and sustainability of our community and the people who live in our city. By developing solutions that begin with addressing how people interact with the urban environment at a human scale, we begin creating more healthy and equitable urban spaces.

Education, Outreach, & Advocacy

Projects live beyond their physical space and build knowledge, skills and understanding that can be applied throughout our neighborhoods. Working with youth as well as professionals through workshops, outreach and engagement with the community, we can build the capacity needed to address city-wide issues.

Economic Development

Harnessing our local assets helps to drive economic development and build on what makes Louisville a unique place. By working with local entrepreneurs and businesses we can multiply the potential of our distinct places that contributes to a stronger city.

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Projects


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Projects


RESURFACED FALL 2015 ReSurfaced: Three Days at 10th Street activated an underutilized surface lot under the shadows of Interstate 64 along the Ohio River adjacent to downtown Louisville. View Project


RESURFACED FALL 2015

ReSurfaced: Three Days at 10th Street activated an underutilized surface lot under the shadows of Interstate 64 along the Ohio River adjacent to downtown Louisville.

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RESURFACED SUMMER 2015 ReSurfaced: Bourbon Edition reimagined the original ReSurfaced space at 615 West Main Street in downtown Louisville as a homage to Bourbon and brought the rural to the urban. View Project


RESURFACED SUMMER 2015

ReSurfaced: Bourbon Edition reimagined the original ReSurfaced space at 615 West Main Street in downtown Louisville as a homage to Bourbon and brought the rural to the urban.

View Project

Resurfaced Fall 2014 ReSurfaced: Pop-Up Plaza on Main turned an unused lot on West Main Street in downtown Louisville into a six week long pop-up beer garden, outdoor cafe, and event space View Project


Resurfaced Fall 2014

ReSurfaced: Pop-Up Plaza on Main turned an unused lot on West Main Street in downtown Louisville into a six week long pop-up beer garden, outdoor cafe, and event space

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CULTURE & OPPORTUNITY Louisville: Culture and Opportunity is an infographic site featuring 50 reasons why Greater Louisville is the perfect place for businesses and talent to thrive. This is the newest project we’ve collaborated on for non-profit City Collaborative, second to Louisville Love.


CULTURE & OPPORTUNITY

Louisville: Culture and Opportunity is an infographic site featuring 50 reasons why Greater Louisville is the perfect place for businesses and talent to thrive. This is the newest project we’ve collaborated on for non-profit City Collaborative, second to Louisville Love.

LOUISVILLE LOVE Louisville Love is an app that allows you to put beautiful local artwork over your photos and share them with the world. View Project


LOUISVILLE LOVE

Louisville Love is an app that allows you to put beautiful local artwork over your photos and share them with the world.

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Downtown Tree Survey Working with volunteers to map our urban tree canopy. In the Spring of 2013, during Mayor Fischer’s week of service, a group of dedicated volunteers came together to help map and collect data for all of downtown Louisville’s trees. Some of these volunteers came back and worked through the summer of 2013 to finish collecting data on location, size, planting environs, and health. The result is downtown Louisville’s first open digital snapshot of its canopy. Check out the full project here.  


Downtown Tree Survey

Working with volunteers to map our urban tree canopy.

In the Spring of 2013, during Mayor Fischer’s week of service, a group of dedicated volunteers came together to help map and collect data for all of downtown Louisville’s trees. Some of these volunteers came back and worked through the summer of 2013 to finish collecting data on location, size, planting environs, and health. The result is downtown Louisville’s first open digital snapshot of its canopy.

Check out the full project here.

 


Tactical URbanism SALon In June 2013 City Collaborative, Urban Design Studio and partners welcomed Mike Lydon for a Lousiville edition of Streetplans' Tactical Urbanism Salon. StreetsPlans Tactical Urbanism Salon travels to different cities to highlight and draw together individuals, organizations, and local government departments seeking new ways to overcome existing challenges in the built environment. The weekend kicked of with a urbanism roundtable led by WFPL Director of News and Editorial Gabe Bullard. On Saturday morning a series of lightning talks with community members looked at how we can better use public space, and afterwards volunteers deployed temporary interventions revealing the potential of underutilized spaces on the 800 block of East Market Street.


Tactical URbanism SALon

In June 2013 City Collaborative, Urban Design Studio and partners welcomed Mike Lydon for a Lousiville edition of Streetplans' Tactical Urbanism Salon. StreetsPlans Tactical Urbanism Salon travels to different cities to highlight and draw together individuals, organizations, and local government departments seeking new ways to overcome existing challenges in the built environment. The weekend kicked of with a urbanism roundtable led by WFPL Director of News and Editorial Gabe Bullard. On Saturday morning a series of lightning talks with community members looked at how we can better use public space, and afterwards volunteers deployed temporary interventions revealing the potential of underutilized spaces on the 800 block of East Market Street.

Rsquared City Collaborative provided support and assistance to Rsquared, a project in the Russell neighborhood to sustainably reduce blight and vacancy among Louisville neighborhoods. The project is focused around the elements of Education, Engagement, Empowerment and Implementation, and harnesses the power of civic innovation with public & private partnerships to create sustainable uses for underutilized properties city-wide. Launched in June 2015,  Rsquared 40212 will focus its initial effort within a selected boundary encompassing parts of the Russell & Portland neighborhoods.  


Rsquared

City Collaborative provided support and assistance to Rsquared, a project in the Russell neighborhood to sustainably reduce blight and vacancy among Louisville neighborhoods. The project is focused around the elements of Education, Engagement, Empowerment and Implementation, and harnesses the power of civic innovation with public & private partnerships to create sustainable uses for underutilized properties city-wide. Launched in June 2015,  Rsquared 40212 will focus its initial effort within a selected boundary encompassing parts of the Russell & Portland neighborhoods.

 

PARK(ING) DAY PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. City Collaborative is a key organizer of Parking Day along with Broken Sidewalk blog and the Urban Design Studio if efforts to deploy the small scale pop up parks at parking meter spaces across the city. In 2013, City Collaborative and Urban Design Studio wored closely with Louisville Metro Government on "Park(ing) Week", where all the parking spaces in front of Metro Hall were converted in pop-up art and activity spaces in the week leading up to Park(ing) Day.  


PARK(ING) DAY

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. City Collaborative is a key organizer of Parking Day along with Broken Sidewalk blog and the Urban Design Studio if efforts to deploy the small scale pop up parks at parking meter spaces across the city. In 2013, City Collaborative and Urban Design Studio wored closely with Louisville Metro Government on "Park(ing) Week", where all the parking spaces in front of Metro Hall were converted in pop-up art and activity spaces in the week leading up to Park(ing) Day.

 

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Programs


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Programs


ReSurfaced

ReSurfaced is a program initiative by the City Collaborative that explores creative strategies to activate underutilized urban spaces. 

As with many cities the size of Louisville, surface parking and vacant lots have weakened once great walkable environments for a good portion of the downtown and surrounding areas. Through ReSurfaced, we work with the community and strategic partners to pre-vitalize these spaces by making low-cost investments that activate the space NOW rather than wait for big, long-term developments to take shape. The initiatives focus on the city as the ultimate user interface, where the community can experiment and enjoy unique locations and begin dialog about how we can revive the multitude of surface lots and underutilized spaces, turning spaces into places.

Each ReSurfaced project will be a temporary initiative to illustrate the civic benefit and economic potential of incrementally activating currently underutilized spaces, while creating a more vibrant urban environment that can more quickly realize the City's latent potential.

This map illustrates the amount of surface lots and vacant hardscape spaces in and around the central business district in Louisville, KY. The black shapes indicate buildings and red are surface lots that present opportunity to reweave the urban fabric and create a stronger, more walkable, and more vibrant city.

This map illustrates the amount of surface lots and vacant hardscape spaces in and around the central business district in Louisville, KY. The black shapes indicate buildings and red are surface lots that present opportunity to reweave the urban fabric and create a stronger, more walkable, and more vibrant city.


De Montfort University Partnership

The City Collaborative and De Montfort University in Leicester, UK have formed a strategic partnership to expand international service learning on civic engagement projects to solve urban problems.

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Get Involved


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Get Involved


City Collaborative works with the community to improve the city and help realize it's latent potential. We rely in part on the generous support of sponsors and partners both financially and for in-kind contributions to develop projects and drive civic innovation. Whenever possible, we involve volunteers and local professionals to help develop ideas and build out projects. We are currently looking for sponsors for our next ReSurfaced event!


STRATEGIC PARTNERS

Without our partners, many of our projects would not be a reality. We are extremely grateful for your support! 
 

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About Us


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About Us


City Collaborative is a nonprofit urban research, planning and design research laboratory dedicated to advancing new ideas and developing actionable solutions for cities, regions and their communities.

Founded in 2013 by a diverse group of individuals with a strong admiration for our community, we utilize our small but nimble organization to embark on projects that leverage our multidisciplinary network of collaborators to turn short-term incremental interventions into long-term change. We work with public sector institutions, private companies and grassroots organizations to turn spaces into places that improve our city.

City Collaborative is made up of a highly experienced and cross-disciplinary board trained in urban planning, urban geography, spatial analysis, urban development and technology...

Board Members:

Advisory Board Members:

Executive Director

  • Patrick Piuma: Co-Founder & Director of City Collaborative & Director of the Urban Design Studio at the University of Louisville
Left to right: Mayor Greg Fischer, Rebecca Matheny, Pat Smith, Patrick Piuma and Dave Durand. 

Left to right: Mayor Greg Fischer, Rebecca Matheny, Pat Smith, Patrick Piuma and Dave Durand.