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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Chicago Detours Presents Tourism by Locals as Tactical Urbanism at PechaKucha Slam May 7th (Chicago,IL)
Tactical Urbanism Slam in Wicker Park.
PechaKucha Thursday May 7
Chicago Detours Presents Tourism by Locals as Tactical Urbanism at PechaKucha Slam
On Thursday, May 7, a PechaKucha slam at the
Center for Neighborhood technology in Wicker Park brings nine experts to
present on innovative activities that invigorate public spaces. Chicago
Detours Executive Director Amanda Scotese will present on how a new era
in guided city tours is creating meaningful experiences that engage
people with public spaces.
Scotese will present how Chicago Detours' educational guided walking and
bus tours bring not just visitors but also local residents into
Chicago's public spaces. Then beyond just physically being there, people
on tours actively learn about the city itself.
The new angle on tourism that Chicago Detours and other tour companies
across the country offers fosters intellectual and emotional connections
with the city. Scotese says, "When we know about the history, the
stories, and the bigger ideas behind buildings and the overall
cityscape, they become a part of our own personal stories, too."
Scotese will explain how creative tourism can bring people to want to
tell their friends about areas of the city they do not normally
frequent. And consequently they return to them and do activities that
can enliven public space as an initiative in tactical urbanism and
The Tactical Urbanism PechaKucha Slam is co-hosted by Congress for New Urbanism, Illinois chapter, and
the AIA Chicago. It takes place at the Center for Neighborhood
Technology, 2125 W. North Ave. The event, which starts at 6pm, is free
and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited and RSVP is required here.
Presenters will discuss their tactical urbanism initiatives in
the fast-paced, highly visual PechaKucha 20x20 style, consisting of 20
slides timed at 20 seconds each. Topics will range from place-based
interventions around IIT to Bronzeville to participatory art and
performances on the northwest side.
The Tactical Urbanism Slam will serve as a call to action for Chicago’s
design and planning community to implement new projects – one presenter
will even be announcing the launch of a new city-wide initiative coming
The full list of presenters is:
Brian Bonanno, Andersonville Chamber of Commerce
Katherine Damstadt, AIA, Latent Design
Ronnie Harris, Build It Bronzeville
Jim Lasko, Redmoon Theater
Taylor McKinley, Place Lab
Josh Rosenbluh, FIGMENT Chicago
Amanda Scotese, Chicago Detours
Carolyn Sponza, AIA, Gensler
Steve Wilson, FARR Associates
Contact: Amanda Scotese, Executive Director of Chicago Detours