These 13 projects that prove small ideas can add up to big change for cities (VIDEO)

by Claire Nelson & John Notarianni

http://vimeo.com/79398573

REVOLVE DETROIT from Manda Moran on Vimeo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo-kvh1w60w

The Empowerment Plan, Detroit

http://vimeo.com/92252893

Joan Vorderbruggen Activates Vacant Spaces from Forecast Public Art on Vimeo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uuq8zr_Ls9I

Food Revolution Day (Pittsburgh) on YouTube

http://vimeo.com/63275392

The Makers Coalition from Ken Friberg | Cinematographer on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/37755283

DC3 Presents: The Alley Project from DETROIT LIVES! on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/104323104

People’s Liberty Overview from People’s Liberty on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/75044814

Urban Innovation Exchange: Kitchen Connect from DETROIT LIVES! on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/88105791

Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD) 2013 from KSU CUDC on Vimeo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpTYAxDupJw&list=UUu2vmAYpW6ZxAqCbsnAiEvw

Mt. Elliott Makerspace, Detroit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGcin-Vxumw

CoSign, Cincinnati

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnRfcVhuKGQ

Ride It Sculpture Park, Detroit

http://vimeo.com/76359082

First Batch from First Batch on Vimeo.

And an extra bonus:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdLuETEnnhI

Write A House, Detroit

Many conferences sell tickets by announcing high-wattage keynote speakers from Fortune 500 companies and sexy tech startups who present bold ideas for the future.

What makes Urban Innovation Exchange (Sept. 24–26 in Detroit) unique is that it’s about passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their neighborhoods and cities better.

Their projects aren’t big and flashy (in fact, they’re the opposite), but their visions are no less bold.

Power House Productions in Detroit and Tiny Houses in Pittsburgh. Tiny Diner & Farm in Minneapolis. Storefronts, sidewalks, alleys, farm plots, warehouses, barber shops,community kitchens, church basements.

They’re small and that’s the point.

Over the course of three days in Detroit, we’ll learn about 50 innovative small-scale projects from six American cities led by artists, designers, makers, entrepreneurs, and one badass mayor. Their ideas are changing the way we think about urban investment and impact.

For the full line-up, click here.

Like what you see? Register today to join the exchange, and follow along on Facebook andTwitter at @UIXDetroit #UIXDET.

UIX is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and presented in partnership with Detroit Design Festival (Sept 23–28) and Dlectricity (Sept 26–27).

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