Come to the second of a three part series of events aimed at improving the downtown Vaughan Mall. Don’t miss today’s exciting workshop on permaculture in an urban space and project development, led by Steve Whitman and held at the Discover Portsmouth Center from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Growing out of a recent exploration of how to create dynamic, attractive public spaces, PS21 is sponsoring a three-part event in April and May to add ecological design and permaculture elements to Portsmouth’s downtown Vaughan Mall. Why the Vaughan Mall? The Vaughan Mall area between Congress and Hanover streets was identified in recent PS21 placemaking events as a priority for improvement. This project, Vaughan Mall Green, will combine placemaking with a demonstration of the mall as an environmentally resilient civic space, reflecting Portsmouth’s designation as an eco-municipality. The principles of permaculture, a system of agricultural and social design elements intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient, will be incorporated in the area with the guidance of planner and designer Steve Whitman.
There are three parts to the Vaughan Mall Green project, whose goal is in part to increase pedestrian activity and make it more welcoming. In the mix are plans to add edible landscaping, native species and other plantings that aid in the absorption of rain and stormwater runoff. Placemaking ideas developed at previous PS21 events include varied seating options, additional lighting, signs for pedestrians, live performances and other activities.
Volunteers, businesses, and gardening and sustainability-focused groups will assist in the design and implementation of Vaughan Mall Green. The final scheduled event is:
Saturday, May 13, Kick-Off of Design Implementation at Vaughan Mall – PS21 will partner with volunteers and the city to implement the design.
The City of Portsmouth, as part of its planning process, also is considering ways to enhance Vaughan Mall and nearby areas. While these plans may be informed by PS21’s Vaughan Mall Green project, they are separate efforts. PS21 (Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century) is an independent, all-volunteer nonprofit group.
This is the latest PS21 event to focus on planning and policy issues affecting the city and its residents. Please sign up at www.ps21.info to help ensure sufficient space and to assist with planning. PS21 events are free and open to the public, and presented as part of its mission to stimulate discussion about planning issues affecting Portsmouth. PS21 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and tax-deductible donations to support these free events are welcome.
Event Sponsors: New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Season Sponsors: Piscataqua Savings Bank and Martha Fuller Clark
Event Partners: City of Portsmouth, Seacoast Media Group, PortsmouthNH.com, The Sound, Coruway Film Institute, 3S Artspace
ABOUT PS21: Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century (PS21) is an independent, volunteer-led organization that presents ideas and encourages discussion and policy development around planning issues in Portsmouth, N.H. and the Seacoast. Our goal is to support a vibrant, sustainable, livable, and walkable community compatible with the principles of smart growth, the historic nature of Portsmouth, and the context of the 21st century. PS21 maintains a blog and e-newsletter at www.ps21.info, and archives video of many events.
Past events, all free and open to the public, have included presentations and workshops on: the Islington Street tactical urbanism project; placemaking workshops and discussions; accessory dwelling units in Portsmouth; affordable housing with planner Jennifer Hurley; “Walkable Cities” with author and planner Jeff Speck; parking expert Michael Manville; a walking tour of the city’s developing North End; Portsmouth street design by expert and Portsmouth resident Rick Chellman; Seacoast transportation modes; changing cityscapes by Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic Robert Campbell; leading Portsmouth to a healthy and vibrant future with Plan NH; and a screening of the architectural film “The Human Scale.” ps21.info | Facebook | Twitter
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