FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLD CITY HALL REOPENS AS TEMPORARY URBAN PLANNING HUB
INDIANAPOLIS - February 28, 2014 — The Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) announced today the grand reopening of downtown’s historic Old City Hall. After standing vacant for six years, the classic limestone building is once again open to the public, this time as The Hall: an urban planning hub for Indianapolis.
DMD’s long-range planning department will occupy space on the first floor of The Hall to conduct Plan 2020: The Bicentennial Plan for Indianapolis. The city decided to breathe new life into the historic building instead of finding a new facility for this initiative.
To help make that idea a reality, DMD tapped People for Urban Progress (PUP) to redesign and retrofit the space, as well as design The Hall's visual brand. “Repurposing forgotten resources for public benefit is at the heart of what we do,” said Jonathan Allinson, PUP’s Director of Operations + Development. The Fountain Square-based nonprofit is known for giving new life to the RCA Dome roof and Bush Stadium seats.
With funding from the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, PUP was able to redesign The Hall with mostly found and reused materials. Old doors and lockers became desks. Ceiling tiles became bulletin boards.
“Over 90 percent of the furniture and equipment in The Hall is reused or repurposed in some way. We scoured this building and city for resources,” Allinson explained. “The end result is one that is well-designed, environmentally responsible, cost-efficient and connects the public to the city planning process in an exciting way.”
In addition to workspace for the planners, The Hall is open to the public. The building features gallery bays that will display various city-related plans and initiatives and a lounge area that will educate visitors and encourage them to contribute their own ideas to the future of Indianapolis. Visit www.plan2020.com for more information.
ABOUT PEOPLE FOR URBAN PROGRESS
People for Urban Progress (PUP) is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that advances connectivity, environmental responsibility and good design. We rescue discarded materials, redesigning them for public benefit. Our locally-designed and manufactured goods fund big projects and ideas that improve Indianapolis’ urban spaces. Simply put, we make goods for Indy’s good.
Learn more at www.peopleup.org.
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A new month means a new First Friday! And a new year (relatively) means new products! We've been busy in the studio this week creating prototypes for some fresh GOODS FOR GOOD, and we'd love to share our ideas with you.
Come by our studio TONIGHT (2/7) from 7:00-10:00ish to browse our current inventory, learn about our projects, give feedback on our prototypes and even kick around some of your own ideas for new products.
Murphy Building, Studio 213. See you there!
OLD CITY HALL TO REOPEN AS TEMPORARY URBAN PLANNING HUB
INDIANAPOLIS -- After standing vacant for six years, the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD), along with People for Urban Progress (PUP), announced a new initiative at downtown’s historic Old City Hall. The century-old limestone building will become the temporary home to DMD’s long-range planning department and will serve the public as the urban planning hub of Indianapolis.
It is a very special, grand building; (and) I think this gives it a new start on its life and is part of an evolution that will occur in figuring out what its long-term life will be," Adam Thies, director DMD, said of the project.
With funding from the Central Indiana Community Foundation, PUP is responsible for designing and retrofitting the interior of the space. They plan to incorporate found and repurposed materials into the design plan, something the Fountain Square nonprofit has a knack for. “There's just a lot of history throughout the building tucked in corners, and it's been moved around so many different times. We're hoping to bring it out so it can see the light of day again,” said PUP’s executive director Michael Bricker.
In addition to office spaces, Old City Hall will become an open and inclusive space for the general public to learn about and contribute to the future of Indianapolis. “The goal is to use the building as a tool to educate citizens about the city’s plans, while providing them an opportunity to share their own ideas and desires,” Bricker said. A gallery space will showcase various plans and initiatives, and a “Pinterest Room” will encourage visitors to pin ideas to its ceiling-tile-turned-corkboard walls. DMD plans to host regular town hall presentations in the grand rotunda.
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PUP turned 5 this year and to celebrate printed 50 of this limited edition t-shirt. Each Anniversary shirt purchase will be entered for a chance to win (1) Commissioner Weekender bag, (retailed at $165). These shirts are part of our campaign to promote idea generation and innovation in our city. Shirts were designed by PUP and printed locally by our friends at The Art Press. Proceeds benefit PUP's ongoing community design initiatives. Get yours while they last!
Join PUP as we celebrate 5 years of accomplishments and announce plans for the next 5 years. Individuals and companies are encouraged to support the organization through product sales and PUPstop sponsorships.
PUP is primarily supported through product sales. We work with local designers to repurpose this resource as locally made products including our wallets and handbags. The money raised from the sale of these goods go toward community projects, including the PUPstop program. The effort, the salvage of old Bush Stadium seats, is in partnership with IndyGo. Some of these seats are being refurbished and installed at bus stops throughout Indianapolis.
Those familiar with the PUP product line can expect new items this season including The Clerk, a new ladies handbag that can be carried 6 different ways (Retail $95), and The Commissioner weekender bag (Retail $165).
We will be celebrating alongside the Do317 Lounge next door. Expect:
- MOKB Sun King Concert Series Free First Friday Show begins at 8 pm w/ Ezra Furman, Shannon LaBrie and Daniel Romano
- Movember Launch
- Sun King's Movember Beer Tapping
- Live shaves by Chad's Barber Shop and barber chairs on-site
We partnered with IndyGo, Ecolaborative, and Indianapolis Fabrications to develop the Bush Stadium Seat Salvage project.
Our goal is to install the seats throughout the city, at bus stops and public spaces.
Last week, the PUP and IndyGo collaboration to salvage historic Bush Stadium seating and repurpose as benches at bus stops, known as the PUPstop program, won an Indiana Innovation Award. The awards program is the centerpiece of the Day of Innovation hosted by Centric Indy, a local coalition with a mission to elevate Indianapolis as a globally recognized center for innovation.
“The collaboration with PUP on the stadium seating project is a model for innovation in the public sector,” said Samantha Cross, IndyGo vice president of business development. “We hope it inspires others to take a fresh look at public spaces, infrastructure and collaboration.”
In order to make even more of an impact on transit stops in Indianapolis, IndyGo and PUP have created the program with a cost-sharing component whereby local businesses, community groups and even individuals can sponsor PUPstops. Thanks to cost sharing, within the next few months IndyGo will have placed nearly 20 PUPstops around the city.
The IndyGo staff will determine site eligibility for upgrade to a PUPstop and will work with program participants to negotiate a donation to cover an appropriate share of site costs. Donations to endow PUPstops will range from $850 to $1700. To request a PUPstop or to learn more about the program, visit www.IndyGo.net/PUPstops.
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Brand new PUP gear launches this FIRST FRIDAY at PUP HQ!
Check out the COMMISSIONER and the CLERK dome bags. Plus, new hoodies, sweatshirts, and baseball tees.
First Friday, 7-10pm, Studio 213, Murphy Building.