Fall 2018 — Workshop #6 > Cities as Testbed for Pilot Solutions

Meera Raja from City Tech Collaborative visited us to share about CUT – Civic User Testing. Imagine becoming part of a club to provide feedback on different emerging technology products. Is the the ultimate democratization of solutions offered by both public and private agencies. City Tech Collaborative thinks so by creating and investing in this network of over 2,000 members for CUT. By maintaining this group of, what they define as, civic users, they are cultivating a group of individuals who are learning how to test, evaluate and provide feedback to improve product design and improvement. More notes about Meera's visit here.

Fall 2018 — Workshop #5 > Bringing New Life to a Southside Landmark

Photo: Chicago Tribune Jerald Gary bought a 25,000 seat theater in 2014 – the Avalon Regal Theater, the largest theater in the Southside of Chicago. Located at the juncture of 79th Street, Stony Island and South Chicago Avenue, the Regal theater was active for over 75 years since its opening in 1927. The building served as performance and movie theater until it closed during the late 1970s; it served as a church for a brief period after that. Designed by architect John Eberson in a Moorish Revival style, the theater reopened once more as performing arts venue in 1987, and was renamed the New Regal Theater, in honor of the former Regal Theater in Bronzeville that was demolished. It received i

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