REVOLUTIONARY PANTS is a nonprofit dedicated to creating communities and reimagining the human habitat in Dallas, Texas. Formed June 29th, 2012, Revolutionary Pants is a creative DIY-urbanism team that has been pushing the boundaries of community-led urbanism in the city. They are known for their public spaces projects under the Friends of Living Plaza name, community engagement/skills sharing system through the Dallas Neighborhood Time Bank, and their urban laboratory space the City Imaginarium.
Revolutionary Pants emerged while Amanda and Patrick worked at City Hall together and organized the second season of Living Plaza events every month from May-September. Organizing these monthly events taught them how to navigate the special events permitting process and develop a fly-by-the-seat-of-your “pants” model for place-making in public spaces in a short amount of time. The collaboration also allowed Amanda and Patrick to bounce ideas back and forth between each other on urban policy problems and different approaches to community building, which they continue to do today.
The origin of the name
One day we we planning for Living Plaza and one of our collaborators was scheduling the next LP planning meeting, as she was typing it into her smart phone she said, “next Friday, at four, meeting with my revolutionary friends.” We heard “Revolutionary Pants” and it stuck! We all started joking about it and it turned into a symbol of the fun and excitement with which to approach the world and a go-getter philosophy for going out and doing stuff. My Revolutionary Pants are on, now I’m ready to go out and kick some ….! You probably know by now, we never take ours off!