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People for Urban Progress

1043 Virginia Ave. Ste. 213

Indianapolis, IN 46203

(We're located on the 2nd Floor of the Murphy Building in Fountain Square)


Coming seriously soon. We're getting excited.

THE HALL: A Progress Picture

Indianapolis City Hall from People For Urban Progress on Vimeo.

If you haven't been to The Hall yet, you should hop on your bus/bike/vespa/feet/car/broom/Floo Network and get there ASAP. It's now the home of Plan 2020; it's Indy's urban planning hub; it's where ideas connect. 

Go, check out the exhibits to learn what's happening in our city, contribute your ideas in Hall Pass. Until then, watch the video documenting the work we did.

Special thanks to the Indianapolis Foundation--a CICF affiliate, the Department of Metropolitan Development, the Building Authority, Eskenazi Health and so many others that made it possible.

5x5: $10,000 to Repurpose Urban Waste


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE E.N.G.I.N.E. ART AND GREENSPACE PROJECT, winners of PUP's re:Purpose 5x5 and the $10,000.

Keep your eyes on the Hawthorne neighborhood as Keep Indianapolis Beautiful works with the NOPAL Cultural Center to create a new greenspace centered around a salvaged Bonneville repurposed as an installation that celebrates the neighborhood’s Hispanic heritage.

We're excited to be a host organization for the second year of 5x5, a friendly competition (sponsored by Central Indiana Community FoundationChristel DeHaan Family Foundation and the Efroymson Family Fundto inspire, ignite and financially support creative and innovative ideas related to the arts.

From buildings to building materials and everything in between, there is no shortage of abandoned resources in our city. Hear five great arts-related ideas for repurposing urban waste into assets that accelerate downtown’s progress. The winner receives $10,000 to bring the idea to life. Check out The Hall and its rotating gallery exhibits, while enjoying food trucks, New Day Meadery, beer, and music.

APPLICATIONS DUE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, AT 5:00 PM. Click here to apply.

FREE tickets here
Friday, June 27, 2014  |  Happy hour @ 5:30 p.m., Presentations begin @ 7:00 p.m.
The Hall
202 N. Alabama St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

The theme re:Purpose is inspired by Velocity, a co-created, five-year strategic action plan for Downtown Indianapolis guided and activated by collaborating organizations. “Repurpose” is your tool to address one of Velocity’s focus areas: arts & culture, downtown experience, public spaces & activation, neighborhoods & livability, vibrant economic development, and multi-modal transportation. Check out the Velocity plan here.

Hinkle Seat Sale

We are excited to announce that many seats from historic Hinkle Fieldhouse will be available for sale to the public on June 7, 2014. There is a very limited quantity of seats available, and the sale will be conducted on a first-come-first-served basis. There will be no pre-order or reservations


Seats will be sold "as-is" for $100 each, and will be available as singles, pairs, or in sets of three. A single seat will cost $100, a pair $200, and a triple $300. 

Proceeds from the sale will go toward the public installation of seats around Butler's campus and the city of Indianapolis, as well as to support the Hinkle renovation campaign. Interested in sponsoring an installation? Contact Jonathan Allinson at jonathan@peopleup.org.

"As-is" means that these riser-mounted seats will not be sold with a base. Bases and brackets can be found online from companies such as Stadium Seat Depot or a number of other options. 

What: Hinkle Fieldhouse Seat Sale

When: Saturday, June 7, 2014; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Butler University Campus Farm. Near the intramural fields just west of 52nd St. & Boulevard Place. 

PUP & Butler Salvage Hinkle Seats



People for Urban Progress, Butler University to Sell Seats from Hinkle Fieldhouse


INDIANAPOLIS - Butler University and People for Urban Progress (PUP) celebrated Earth Day by announcing a partnership to salvage a piece of Hinkle Fieldhouse history. On June 7, the general public will have an opportunity to purchase seats that were removed from the fieldhouse as part the building’s ongoing renovation. An exclusive pre-sale will be held the day before for Butler men’s basketball season-ticket holders.


The seats—$100 each—will be for sale from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the CUE Farm at Butler, located next to the intramural fields west of 52nd Street and Boulevard Place. They will be sold “as-is” and will be available as singles, pairs, or in sets of three. Buyers should be prepared to carry away their seats after completing the purchase.


Proceeds will raise money for PUP to do public installations of seats around Indianapolis, and for Hinkle Fieldhouse renovations.


PUP, an Indianapolis non-profit that advances connectivity, environmental responsibility, and good design, repurposes discarded materials for public benefit. The organization turned seats from the old Bush Stadium into bus stop benches. The first of these "PUPstops" was installed in December 2011 near the Cultural Trail and Massachusetts Avenue.


The fieldhouse is currently undergoing a $34 million renovation, which is scheduled for completion in October. As with all major renovations, LEED Silver is the Butler standard for new construction and major renovations, but Gold or higher is strived for whenever possible. Even small renovation projects on campus incorporate the LEED sustainability concepts. A portion of this renovation is registered as a LEED project.


About People for Urban Progress

People for Urban Progress (PUP) is an Indianapolis-based non-profit that advances connectivity, environmental responsibility, and good design. We rescue discarded materials, redesigning them for public benefit. Our locally-designed and handmade products fund big projects and ideas that improve Indianapolis’ urban spaces. Simply put, we make goods for good.

Contact: Jonathan Allinson

Phone 317-408-7540

Email jonathan@peopleup.org


About Butler University

Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Together, these colleges offer more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, eight pre-professional programs, and 19 graduate programs. Around 4,700 students are enrolled at Butler, representing 45 states and 49 countries. Ninety-five percent of Butler students will have participated in some form of internship, student teaching, clinical rotation, research, or service learning by the time they graduate. This community-centered immersion is coupled with classroom learning that nurtures critical thinking, effective communication, cooperative teamwork, and ethical decision making to prepare students for both professional success and to have lasting impact in their communities. Butler’s overall placement rate for the class of 2012 was 94 percent, including 19 percent who went on to graduate or professional school.

Contact: Marc Allan

Office Phone (317) 940-9822

Cell Phone (317) 501-7999

Email mallan@butler.edu



The Hall: New Life for Old City Hall





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.




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



Jonathan Allinson, Director of Operations + Development

jonathan@peopleup.org | 317-408-7540

People for Urban Progress | 1043 Virginia Ave., Ste. 213 | Indianapolis, IN 46203

www.peopleup.org | @pup_indy



First Friday Prototyping

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! 

Goods for Good: PUP's Holiday Gift Guide

Find the perfect PUP product for everyone on your list!

For the Indianapolitan
For the Costanza
For the Traveler
For the Professional
For the Dreamer
For the Urbanite
For the Cyclist
For the Gym Rat
For the Well-Groomed
For Indianapolis
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New Life for Old City Hall


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.

Media Contact: Michael Bricker

Email: michael@peopleup.org


Limited Edition: 5th Anniversary PUPshirt

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!