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2013 Speaker Series - July 17


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Tactical Urbanism, Creative Placemaking, Pop-Up retail, creative economy

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Presentation on DC Office of Planning’s Temporary Urbanism Programs. Examples of current and past projects will be presented and discussed in-depth.

Discussion Summary: DCOP’s Temporary Urbanism initiative seeks to transform vacant spaces into vibrant destinations and animated showcases through unique uses. Temporary Urbanism helps meet several objectives established by the District of Columbia through the Creative DC Action Agenda and the Retail Action Roadmap including supporting creative entrepreneurs, activating commercial corridors and highlighting their retail potential, providing residents with unique services and activities, and promoting neighborhoods. Temporiums are Temporary Urbanism projects that transform vacant storefronts or spaces into a unique temporary retail shop for local entrepreneurs to exhibit and sell their work.

The core implementing objectives of DCOP’s Temporary Urbanism Initiative are the following: 1) Stimulate community building and promote neighborhoods through seeding arts, retail, entertainment, recreation, education, or demonstration activities; 2) Showcase the District of Columbia’s innovation and entrepreneurship while building partnerships among private property owners, city agencies, and creative users; 3) Highlight the long-term tenanting or creative use opportunities along a corridor; and 4) Realize strategies identified through neighborhood planning efforts, the Creative DC Action Agenda, the Retail Action Strategy, and other citywide initiatives of the Office of Planning.

Creative placemaking is at the heart of DC’s investment in temporary urbanism. Showcasing the arts is a low-risk method to demonstrate the potential of a vacant space and foster civic engagement. In 2011, the DC Office of Planning (OP) received a grant of $250,000 from an unprecedented new private-public collaboration, ArtPlace ( Its aim is to drive revitalization across the country by putting the arts at the center of economic development. Each project supported by ArtPlace has been selected for developing a new model of helping towns and cities thrive by strategically integrating artists and arts organizations into key local efforts in transportation, housing, community development, job creation and more.

OP created Arts and Culture Temporiums in four emerging creative neighborhoods, where vacant and/or underutilized storefronts and empty lots were transformed into an artist showcase/village for three to six month periods. The target neighborhoods—which leverage completed Small Area Plans and the Creative Action Agenda-- were: Brookland, Anacostia, Deanwood, and 14th Street Corridor from Spring Street to Longfellow Street, NW. Artists transformed spaces in these neighborhoods into multi-dimensional and multipurpose uses (e.g., gallery for visual artists, performing arts space, production space, etc.). The goal was to find two to four blocks with both vacant buildings and empty lots in proximity that could be completely transformed and promote artist entrepreneurship and community building in the process.            
Reading material: Temporary Urbanism Public Sector Digest Article Dec 2012

Note: The Speaker Series is open to the general public. Please feel free to share with any interested email lists, colleagues and/or friends.

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Please note this session is on 3rd Wednesday)
Location: Board Room, 4th Floor, County Administration Building (CAB), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
CM: 1.5 hours (pending)


Kimberly Driggins, Associate Director, Citywide Planning, DC Office of Planning (please note this session is on 3rd Wednesday)

Kimberly Driggins is the Associate Director for Citywide Planning, in the DC Office of Planning, since 2008.  In this capacity, she is responsible for managing city-wide planning projects across several areas including: housing, economic development, creative placemaking, transportation, facilities and capital improvement planning.  Significant work accomplishments include: developed and manage Temporary Urbanism Program (includes pop-up shops, and ArtPlace grant, and other activities); developed and manage OP’s Live Near Your Work pilot program; managed the completion of the Streetcar Land Use Study – Phase 1; and managed the first amendment cycle of the 2006 Comprehensive Plan (Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2010).


Prior to joining to the Office of Planning, Ms. Driggins worked in the Office of the City Administrator/Deputy Mayor, where her main duties included: identifying key capital budget priorities,  management of the capital budget process, master facility planning, and developing co-location strategies for select District facilities. 

Ms. Driggins began her career as a consultant working on real estate, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization projects in the private and non-profit sectors. She received a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree, with highest honors, in political science from Hampton University.