• Urban Garden Center
  • Urban Garden Center
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  • Urban Garden Center

In August 2012, Live With Design discovered “The Greenhouse” at The Urban Garden Center, which was designed and built by owner, Dimitri Gatanas. His vision was to use the open space in the lot where he runs his garden supply business, for community events and socializing.
LWD team member Ruhi Shamim takes the lead strategy and curation role with Founder Brielle Maxwell guiding the assist.

We curated an event series for community organizers, entrepreneurs and designers to discuss their experiences with social business and the challenges of finding space to share ideas. We featured speakers from Dekalb Market, Airbnb, IncubateNYC, and the Agora Co-working Collective from Berlin.

The event series was successful due to this unique space full of plants and art that encouraged free dialogue and openness. We kept presentations short, and focused on curating discussion in the breakout session. Using visuals, facilitators, and live background music to help set the tone.