EVENTS

Upcoming EVENTS

Moving Beyond Bikelash

Interested in learning how to be a better bike advocate for your community? Aaron Naparstek joins our community for a discussion on changing the tides of hesitancy and resistance to biking infrastructure.

About our speaker: Journalist, advocate, story-teller Aaron Naparstek is co-host of The War on Cars, the podcast about the hundred-year struggle between the automobile and the city and how to make sure humanity wins it. In 2006, Naparstek founded Streetsblog, an online publication focused on progressive urban planning and transportation policy that has helped to spark a Livable Streets movement that is bringing a more human-centered, less automobile-oriented design approach to cities across North America. In 2012, Naparstek was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, after which he spent time as a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He is the author of Honku: The Zen Antidote for Road Rage, a book of poetry inspired by the seemingly endless display of motorist sociopathy observed from his apartment window. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Joanne Nerenberg, their two sons, a dog, and quite a few bicycles.

Moving Beyond Bikelash - Aaron Naparstek
September 30 at 7:00pm
Online (Zoom details sent upon registration)

Land Values & Property Taxes Analysis of the Seacoast

In October, Joe Minicozzi of Urban3, will do a virtual presentation of his analysis of the Seacoast's land value economics, property taxes, and community design. The presentation is hosted by New Hampshire Housing, in partnership with Portsmouth Smart Growth, and is part of a statewide analysis being conducted by Urban3.

About our speaker: Joseph Minicozzi, AICP is the principal of Urban3. Joe is an urban planner imagining new ways to think about and visualize land use, urban design, and economics.

Joe Minicozzi
Date & Time TBA

Maine + New Hampshire Small Scale Development Workshop

Workshop Description
The Incremental Development Alliance (IncDev) workshops on small-scale real estate development take a big-picture view of neighborhood-based development to help attendees analyze what makes a good project, how a building makes money, and how small developers interact with professionals in the built environment. The goal is to help aspiring developers feel more prepared to take the first steps on their own projects.

Registration + Scholarships
Early-Bird Registration is $150 until September 11, 2020.
Standard Registration is $180 until the day of the event, as space is available.

A limited number of scholarships, which reduce the registration fee to $75, are available. To apply, please complete the scholarship application on the event page by September 4th. Questions about scholarships? Email connect@build-maine.com.

Learn more about the Incremental Development Alliance by watching the Build Maine Coffee Talk with two IncDev faculty.

Hosted by Build Maine and New Hampshire Housing

ME + NH Small Scale Development Workshop
September 23rd & 24th, 2020
Two-Half Day, Virtual Events
8:30am – 12:00pm

Past Events

Chuck Marohn

PENNYWISE PORTSMOUTH: BALANCING COSTS & COMMUNITY

APRIL 3, 2019

Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns joined us at the Portsmouth Public Library for an evening of discussion. Rather than build new, we need to maintain the existing transportation infrastructure. Rather than emphasize expansion, we need to focus on existing investments. We face an important question: How do we get the most value out of our infrastructure investments while improving walkability, safety, and community strength? 

Paris to Portsmouth

PARIS TO PORTSMOUTH: CITIES RESPOND TO CLIMATE CHANGE

FEBRUARY 20, 2019

Americans across the nation are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Learn about their stories in the film Paris to Pittsburgh, and be inspired to create change in Portsmouth. The film was screened at the Portsmouth Public Library, followed by a discussion led by UNH climate scientist Cameron Wake. Portsmouth City Councilor Josh Denton will update us on efforts currently underway in our city.

Pedalpalooza Portsmouth

PEDALPALOOZA PORTSMOUTH

NOVEMBER 4, 2018

The Portsmouth Smart Growth Walk/Bike committee joined SABR and Commute Smart Seacoast to help rally support for the new Middle Street bicycle lanes drew quite a large crowd of bicycle enthusiasts to the Lafayette playground. Pictured above are City Councilor Ned Reynolds, Mayor Jack Blalock, City Councilor Josh Denton, and former City Councilor Brad Lown.

Kol Peterson

AN ADU FOR YOU

OCTOBER 2, 2018

Kol Peterson will cover the process of designing and building an ADU, and considerations including costs, financing, permitting, design, rental models, and more. He’ll also delve into why expanding the inventory of ADUs in New Hampshire will help homeowners, would-be renters, downsizers, and the availability of affordable housing for our state’s workforce and communities.

Paris climate protest, an influence on Portsmouth, NH

PARIS TO PORTSMOUTH: TAKING ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

APRIL 18, 2018

Dr. Ed Cameron, an original contributor to the historic 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, spoke about the purpose and structure of the Agreement and how cities like Portsmouth and non-state actors can build a low-carbon and resilient economy.

Brent Toderian Meeting with Portsmouth City Council Members

BRENT TODERIAN ON DENSITY DONE WELL

MARCH 5, 2018

International Urban Planning expert and vibrant city advocate, Brent Toderian presented his signature topic Density Done Well and spoke about the many benefits of increasing a city’s density if done in a thoughtful, community first way.

Matthijs Bouw at Portsmouth Public Library Discussing Climate Resiliance

SHALL WE GO DUTCH?

DECEMBER 6, 2017

One of the designers of New York’s new flood protection plan, Dutch architect and urbanist Matthijs Bouw discussed his experience designing protective infrastructure along Manhattan’s shoreline, and his work in the Netherlands.

Vaughan Mall Green Project

VAUGHAN MALL GREEN

SUMMER 2017

A tactical urbanism and space making initiative undertaken in partnership with the City of Portsmouth, we installed new landscaping, seating, artwork, and a stage-area to attract public arts performances.

Ben Frost speaking about accessory dwelling units in Portsmouth, NH

ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS FOR PORTSMOUTH

FEBRUARY 22, 2017

Ben Frost of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority and Rick Taintor from the Portsmouth Planning Department led a presentation and thoughtful discussion on the state’s new ADU law. In addition, they spoke to how this law will affect Portsmouth.

Bow Street in Portsmouth, NH

ADDING APPEAL TO PORTSMOUTH'S PUBLIC PLACES

FEBRUARY 1, 2017

Landscape architect Robert White joined our community to lead a discussion on potential changes to four locations in the city: Market Square, Vaughan Mall, State Street and "Fat Belly Square" (the intersection of Market and Bow streets).

Vaughan Mall in Portsmouth, NH

THE MAGNETISM OF PUBLIC SPACES

OCTOBER 26 & 29, 2016

We hosted a screening of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, a classic, influential film, followed by discussion. A few days later, we held a placemaking workshop led by noted New England planner Jane Lafleur to explore what makes certain spaces appealing, and how we can replicate those features to create more inviting places in Portsmouth.

Islington Street Project in Portsmouth

ISLINGTON STREET LAB PROJECT

MAY 12, JUNE 1 & 2, 2016

In late May, Mike Lydon of the Street Plans Collaborative spoke to city officials about how tactical urbanism tools and experiments are helping residents improve neighborhoods. Then in June, Lydon presented on tactical urbanism to the public at 3S Artspace. The following day, we led a project in the West End to create a new crosswalk, mini-park, and directional signs.

Coastal wave

SINK OR SWIM? FACING CLIMATE CHANGE IN PORTSMOUTH

MARCH 29, 2016

Internationally recognized climatologist and UNH professor Cameron Wake discussed the impact of climate change on Portsmouth and strategies for preparing for them.

Urban Planner Jennifer L. Hurley discussing affordable housing

A SMART-GROWTH APPROACH TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

JANUARY 28 & 29, 2016

National planning and smart-growth expert Jennifer Hurley joined our community to lead two workshops for the public and business owners to explore affordable housing options in Portsmouth.

Robert Campbell discussing architecture

ARCHITECTURE IS THE ART OF CREATING PLACES

OCTOBER 6, 2016

What makes good architecture transcend eras and locales?  Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic Robert Campbell joined our community to give a presentation that addressed this topic.

Bill Lyons discussing seacoast transportation

SEACOAST TRANSPORTATION

MAY 12, 2015

Bill Lyons, federal transportation expert; Steve Pesci, director of special projects at UNH; Scott Bogle, senior transportation planner at Rockingham Planning Commission.

Rick Chellman discussing parking

STREET SMARTS

APRIL 28, 2015

Design expert and Portsmouth resident Rick Chellem hosted a discussion on how to effectively manage parking, traffic, and pedestrian accessibility in our community.

Michael Manville discussing downtown vitality

PARKING POLICIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL DOWNTOWN

APRIL 2, 2015

Parking expert and Cornell University professor Michael Manville joined our community to discuss how city planning plays a key role in preventing parking woes.

West End Portsmouth

VIRTUAL WALKING TOUR OF THE WEST END

FEBRUARY 10, 2015

Held in support with the city’s charrette on West End character-based zoning, we held a virtual walking tour at White Heron Café.

Jeff Speck conducting a walkability workshop

TOWARDS A MORE WALKABLE PORTSMOUTH

 JANUARY 22 & 23, 2015

Walkable city expert Jeff Speck joined us to discuss ways to make Portsmouth more walkable.

House in Portsmouth's North End

WALKING TOUR OF THE NORTH END

NOVEMBER 8, 2014

A group followed a walking tour of the North End of Portsmouth, a community in change, to explore the ways this neighborhood has used or could benefit from the principals of smart growth.

Portsmouth public space

SHIFT: A PLAN NH WORKSHOP

OCTOBER 22, 2014 

Robin LeBlanc conducted a community workshop in coordination with Plan NH to help participants think about Portsmouth’s future by examining the assumptions we make about spaces.

Vaughan Mall Portsmouth

WALKABLE CITY BOOK DISCUSSION

JUNE 3, 2014

A discussion of the book Walkable City by Jeff Speck, which covers ways to make communities more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly moderated by Tom Holbrook of RiverRun Bookstore.

Portsmouth North End

THE HUMAN SCALE FILM DISCUSSION

MAY 13, 2014

A screening of the documentary film The Human Scale. Steve McHenry and Margaret Robidoux of McHenry Architecture gave a brief presentation and moderated a discussion.

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Though we accept sponsorships from a variety of entities, we are entirely independent and operated by our volunteer board members. 

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