A professional design team working on an updated vision for downtown Phoenix’s Hance Park will present their first concept design to the public this week.
After a lengthy RFQ process, the city of Phoenix contracted with a multi-disciplinary design team to conduct an exhaustive public process to gather input on what residents, neighbors and other stakeholders envision for a renovated Hance Park and then develop a conceptual Master Plan design.
The team, led by primary consultants Weddle Gilmore and !Melk, has incorporated the extensive public input into a design concept that it will unveil at public meetings on Nov. 20 and 21, 2013.
The first meeting is 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St. in downtown Phoenix. The public also can view the designs at the regularly scheduled Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board monthly meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.
Our last When Brains Collide meeting subject “In a Rut” brought together several artists and non-artists to discuss the frustration of not knowing what to do next. We huddled in the cool and dark Cartel Coffee on the hottest day in years (119º, to be exact) and managed to come out of the meeting with some new ideas to move forward.
One of the biggest suggestions? Do anything. Just start something, even if it doesn’t seem like a thing you can see through to the end. Do something completely different, start some drawings, try a performance, doodle—just be in a space where you can devote time and energy to creating something, even if it ends up not being that productive. Something eventually will happen, right?
The next biggest suggestion was to get out and see what others are doing. Travel. Inspire yourself, or, if you don’t see anything you like, push yourself to do a better job than what you see. Several of us have checked in after the meeting to see where we’re at with our work and we’ve all managed to begin to crawl out of that rut.
Next When Brains Collide: “Things Don’t Work”
Working with technology in your latest project and running into problems? Trying a new computer program and not yet getting the hang of it? Making a foray into video and not sure where to start or what to start with? Worked with multi-media for years and would love to lend a helping hand? Maybe we can help each other.
This next meeting welcomes anyone who has extensive knowledge of using technology in their work or those newbies who have started tinkering but have run into a wall. There’s only so much you can find through searches on the internet and discussion forums often end up being nerds slinging insults and impatient questions at each other. If you’d rather discuss your issues in an environment where it’s ok to not know, please come to the next When Brains Collide on Saturday, July 27, at 12 p.m. at Cartel Coffee on 1st Street and Washington.
All are invited: designers, artists, performers, writers. The more diverse the crowd, the more diverse suggestions we can make.
If you go:
Event: When Brains Collide
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Cartel Coffee, 1 N. 1st St. (corner of Washington and 1st St.)
RadiatePHX is a monthly get-together that celebrates Downtown people and places while conversing about topical issues.
This month there is nothing more topical than the Phoenix mayor runoff election on November 8.
So, why stage a separate event when we have a Mayoral debate right here in our backyard, with a theme that hits close to home?
ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability is sponsoring the debate next Tuesday, October 25, in partnership with the Green Chamber of Greater Phoenix, and is extending a special invitation to RadiatePHX fans and the Downtown community to attend.
Candidates Wes Gullett and Greg Stanton will discuss the gains Phoenix has made in sustainability over the last ten years and lay out their visions for the future. The debate will be moderated by Executive Dean Rob Melnick.
Refreshments from Fair Trade Café will be served.
If You Go
What: Phoenix Mayoral Debate: Advancing Sustainability
Where: A.E. England Building, 424 N. Central Avenue
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Parking/Transportation: Parking is free for those arriving after 4pm at the University Center Garage (on Polk between Central and 1st Street). METRO Light Rail, Van Buren/Central Ave station.
Hance Park, the large green belt developed as a result of the I-10 Freeway construction, is getting the attention it deserves.
Cathleen Russo, with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, is sending out a steady stream of communications to those interested in the evolution of the park, encouraging participation in the Hance Park Master Plan Steering Committee meetings.
The next meeting is this afternoon at Burton Barr Library at 3:00 p.m. There will be an Open House Concept event, in which ASU design students will display some preliminary designs for the park (example right). The design concepts will be on display from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Thirteen 6-year landscape architect students are participating and will be available to answer questions.
The invitation from Russo:
Greetings Committee Members, neighbors and Friends of Hance Park,
This is a special reminder to you all. Prior to our Friday Hance Park Master Plan Steering Committee meeting held at Burton Barr Library, there will be an Open House Concept Event. ASU design students will display some preliminary design ideas for the public to view. This will allow you the opportunity to look at some of the concepts and have a dialog with the students and give feedback on the design ideas. I encourage you to share this invitation with your organizations and friends, as we welcome everyone’s involvement. The Open House Concept begins at 1:30, TODAY, October 7, 2011 at the Burton Barr Library auditorium located at 1221 North Central Ave. The regular meeting will follow at 3:00 p.m. which you are welcome to attend.
If you go
What: Margaret T. Hance Park Master Plan Steering Committee meeting
When: Friday, October 7 at 3:00 p.m., with the Open House Concept Event at 1:30 p.m.
Who: ASU design students, and instructor Gabriel Diaz-Montemayor, an Architect, Landscape Architect, and Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, College of Design, Arizona State University.
Sometimes a certain turn of phrase will crystallize a concept.
At last month’s RadiatePHX event, a certain friend, and DPJ landlord, mentioned the “magic of conversation.” While Radiate certainly encourages that kind of magic (and yes, a magician happens to be a regular attendee), we are about to create a space on Twitter to keep that magic alive online.
The online conversation will run from 7 to 8 p.m. and cover three topics. Each of the three chats will feature a different topic chosen by one of the three moderators.
Tweetchat and Hashtags…huh?
Yep, it’s a chat on Twitter. Through the use of hashtags, Twitter followers can participate in a conversation on any given subject.
Here are a few tips from Eddie Jensen, steering committee member of Downtown Voices Coalition and organizer of the Downtown Phoenix Tweetchat.
1. The best way to take part in the conversation is through TweetChat. The #dtphxchat room is here. To participate, you’ll need to sign in with Twitter, which means you’ll need a Twitter account. The tweets will refresh about every 10-12 seconds. There are options to reply to a tweet, to retweet a tweet, to add a tweet to one’s favorite tweets, and to see a Twitter user’s profile.
2. The chat will start at 7 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. The transcript of the conversation will reflect this one hour time period, but participants can feel free to begin before and continue after that allotted time. The transcript will be posted on the Downtown Voices Coalition website.
3. We will assume that if you are tweeting from an organizational or institutional account that the views represented are yours and not that of your organization.