We help our partners and clients devise clever ways of building a great relationship between people and place

 

organizations & Foundations

We help foundations and community-based organizations develop, communicate and implement, their place-based programs. 

Civic agencies & Departments

From informing policy to effective community engagement, we can help civic agencies better interact with the communities they serve.  

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local SMALL businesses & Firms

Our extensive network and expertise in project facilitation, design-think processes and strategy development helps social entrepreneurs create innovative solutions.

Cultivating Civic Innovation

Civic innovation is loosely defined as the process of bringing about new ideas or technology to improve the relationship between people and place.  Some of the work we take on to accomplish this may include:

  • designing a strategy to address an urban issue 
  • helping implement a place-based program or event
  • building a creative intervention or demonstration project
  • creating innovative pathways for community engagement

Regardless of the task, our goal remains the same: to cultivate civic innovation and build great urban culture.  

Check out a few examples of our work below.  To view all of our ongoing and past projects, click here


Building The Relationship Between People + Place, One Issue At A Time

Transportation issues are a critical priority for Miami-Dade, and The Miami Foundation is leading the way in engaging residents.  Using informative resources and creative projects, the Foundation seeks to empower the community with insight and strategies for engaging with local transportation/mobility issues.

Urban Impact Lab worked with The Miami Foundation to develop and communicate their vision around Miami's urban mobility.  We developed the Urban Mobility Miami website as central resource for transportation-related information, which includes this white board video below, describing Miami-Dade's transportation ecosystem.   

 
 

Resilience Builds Community

Resilient Miami was born out of the HighWaterLine | Miami (HWL) project and became an initiative that Urban Impact Lab helped develop.  Together with HWL's founders, Eve Mosher and Heidi Quante and local community members, we explored pathways to making Miami more resilient through emergency preparedness, solar energy growth, and community-generated solutions. 

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Urban Impact Lab partnered with Catalyst Miami on a Kresge Foundation Environment Program Planning Grant proposal that would help continue the preliminary work done through Resilient Miami and build meaningful engagement opportunities within Miami's most vulnerable communities.  

Our proposal was successfully funded and represents Resilient Miami's next step and evolution.  With Kresge's support, we will undertake an inclusive and comprehensive resilience planning process in Miami's low income and underserved communities. 


Popping Up Transit

The Purple Line was a demonstration project, popularly referred to as a pop up transit station, built wholly on community support and a collaborative vision in an underutilized parking area in the Design District.   Read more here.


To view all of our ongoing and past projects, click here