Author Archives: John Olson

Potential Projects via Urban Intervention?

In the spirit of our Ignite! talk, don’t be an idea hoarder, the following are a list of interventions that have been discussed in our informal group. If you see one that is intriguing to you and see a method … Continue reading

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Lunch on the Hump

Tomorrow, Wednesday, we will challenge one facet of the notion of building and beautifying for the automobile. We will have what we are calling “Lunch on the Hump.” An event that started a year ago when one of Colorado Springs’ architect’s Ryan Lloyd dined in the median.

This is not meant to be putting down, or dissing, the design and aesthetic that was put toward the landscape in the median, but rather raising discourse of why this was done? Could it have been more than it is? Is there a place for “people” in our public spaces, our parks (the medians in this area are maintained by City Parks), or was this simply to add aesthetic for the automobile? Continue reading

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Top Down or Bottom Up: An Interview with Colorado Public Radio

John Olson, of CSUI, spoke with Colorado Public Radio a couple weeks ago about Tactical Urbanism. The discussion was about the inclusiveness of Government in interventions and experiences from the Public Sector in Denver and the organizational level in Colorado … Continue reading

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Do YOU have an Intervention Idea that You want to See in our Area?

We want to hear from YOU! Join your peers of Urban Intervention on Thursday, March 13 at the “Machine Shop”, an innovative very new (not quite finished), co-working space at 4 South Wahsatch Avenue in Downtown Colorado Springs. We want … Continue reading

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Better Block Pikes Peak Video – 2012

It has been one year since a community of “do-ers” came together to demonstrate how a prominent good street in Downtown Colorado Springs could be a Great Street for People! Please explore our prior blog posts for statistics and valuable … Continue reading

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Introducing Curbside Cuisine: Colorado Springs Premier Food Truck Park

Press Release Curbside Cuisine 4/22/2013 The Food Trucks are Coming! The Food Trucks are Coming Great news! Curbside Cuisine, Colorado Spring’s own food truck mall is ready to fly! We have found a terrific downtown location next to the Downtown … Continue reading

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The Art of Better Block Pikes Peak

The following post is part of a larger series of posts sharing the photographs provided by Bussanich~Kjeldsen Art during Better Block Pikes Peak. Better Block Pikes Peak was a 24-hour urban intervention testing the built environment in Downtown Colorado Springs … Continue reading

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Better Block Pikes Peak Vehicular Traffic Data

Colorado Springs Urban Intervention presents the vehicular data assembled from Better Block Pikes Peak.
As we have told many people before, during and after Better Block Pikes Peak (BBPP), the fundamental purpose of BBPP was to experiment with the public realm. One of the experiments conducted was to see how vehicular traffic experienced the urban intervention. We discussed and debated what and how much that we would modify for the experiment. Continue reading

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Time Lapse Video from Better Block Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs Urban Intervention presented a variety of images and the time lapse video from Better Block Pikes Peak at the Fort Carson Garrison Sustainability Breakfast on November 14, 2012. The video is shown below, which shows the quantity of people who … Continue reading

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Colorado Springs Urban Intervention Accepts an Award

Colorado Springs Urban Intervention accepted an award at the Colorado Sustainability Conference on October 26. We were honored to receive this award on behalf of all of our volunteers, sponsors and those who actively engaged in the experience of Better … Continue reading

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