Risk takers. Urban dwellers who took a chance to revitalize a building, then a neighborhood, and ultimately, entire communities. It takes a certain kind of individual to make that leap of faith, investing sweat equity into an old shell of a building on a rough street. At Soapbox, we think it's a common character trait, a cult of personality if you will, that joins these urbanists together. Come meet some of the pioneers who have reinvigorated Cincinnati's past and are working hard on its future by reviving vital, urban neighborhoods.
Soapbox Speaker Series sponsored by the University of Cincinnati Niehoff Urban Studio
Urban Pioneers: The Cult of Personality
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The event will be held at the Niehoff Studio and is free and open to the public (RSVPs are strongly encouraged via Soapbox). Registration and happy hour start at 5PM, followed by a panel discussion about what it takes to succeed in bringing a vision to reality by revitalizing parts of our city - one building at a time.
Our panel will be moderated by Michaele Pride, former Director of UC's School of Architecture and Interior Design programs. As an architect and urban designer, she emphasizes principles of consensus, collaboration and public engagement in her teaching, research and professional consulting.
Our special guest panelists include:
Neil Bortz, Mount Adams
Matthew Wirtz, Over-the-Rhine
Maureen Wood, Northside
Terry Chan, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
The Soapbox Speaker Series is presented by Soapbox and UC's Niehoff Urban Studio to highlight best practices in "urbanism."