Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

DC Repurposing Space Showcase, Sunday April 15th

(There are other similar kinds of initiatives coming up, in Upper NW DC and Mount Rainier, Maryland, which I will be writing about next week.)

From Repurposing Space:

The DC Box Collective, Wangari Gardens and Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, bring you ‘Repurposing Space’, a showcase of three ways local organizations are working to reuse vacant or underutilized land in the District. See detailed schedule of events at Repurposing Space.

Wangari Gardens is a newly planned community garden space, orchard, rain garden, and community space located on 2.7 acres. The DC Box Collective is working on adapting used shipping containers to fit the needs of under-resourced District neighborhoods.

Tumbleweed Tiny Houses have been one of the earliest promoters of tiny home living, and have inspired a few DC residents to build tiny houses on wheels this summer. On site will be a model of the Tumbleweed Fencl, a 130 square foot tiny home on wheels perfectly suited for infilling urban backyard or alley spaces. Visitors are encouraged to come learn firsthand about all three exciting initiatives.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 15th - Noon-5pm @ Wangari Gardens. The gardens are located west of the Washington Hospital Center/Children’s Medical Center, bordered by Irving St. NW, Kenyon St. NW, and Park Pl. NW. A minimum $5 contribution is requested for a tour of the Fencl. All proceeds to benefit the sponsoring organizations.

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