Inspiring livability advancements are taking place in tiny villages, sprawling suburbs and the largest city centers. But permanent, large-scale changes can be difficult to launch. That's why "pop-up" demonstration projects — temporary bike lanes, protected intersections, crosswalks, parklets, sidewalk cafes, plazas, benches, street trees and more — are such valuable tools.
Pop-up demonstration projects — also known as "tactical urbanism," "Do-It-Yourself urbanism" or "DIY urbanism" — typically involve community members working together to bring attention to overlooked spaces, address neighborhood issues, or demonstrate things they want changed or improved within a public or sometimes private space such as a streetscape, empty building or underused lot.
When it's possible to illustrate a new idea through the temporary pop-up installation or demonstration, a proposal or desired enhancement can be more quickly understood, supported and achieved. A pop-up demonstration project can be organized and implemented quickly or over time. The AARP Pop-Up Demonstration Tool Kit uses a three-month timeframe as an example. Follow the links in the sidebar below to learn more.
Read the Tool Kit Online ...
- Getting Started
- Engaging the Community and Making a Plan
- Organizing and Marketing the Project or Event
- Building and Launching the Project or Event
- Next Steps and Maintaining the Momentum
- Project: Parklet
- Project: Plaza
- Project: Streetscape
- Project: Protected Bike Lane
- Project: Protected Intersection
- Project: Road Diet and Plaza
Download the Complete Tool Kit
AARP Pop-Up Demonstration Tool Kit (55 pages)