Browse Topics: Engagement & Collaboration
UrbanDig Project Omonia – Innovative artistic practices for sustainable urban communities
UrbanDig Projectt supports bottom-up activities and intends to build trust inside the communities by integrating innovative practices in ways that are outside traditional norms but expect to share a common interest in the neighborhood leading to its’ sustainable development.
Public Space Stewardship Guide
San Francisco CA has issued the Public Space Stewardship Guide: A toolkit for funding, programming and maintenance. Focused on parks and small scale projects, the guide is presented in both pdf and a web-based formats.
Ring Ride App
Ring Ride is a bicycle riding game designed to increase support for walking and cycling improvements on Vienna’s historic Ringstrasse. On the app, players try to avoid obstacles (including dogs, other bicyclists and Mozart). The app takes players to the larger site for more information on events, project ideas, and resources.
Corvalis Metropolitan Planning Area Scenario Viewer
The Corvallis Metropolitan Planning Area (CAMPO) strategic assessment modeled policy combinations and context factors to find out how different choices (policy factors like community design) and different external influences (context factors such as fuel prices) could affect future vehicle miles traveled, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, travel costs, and other outcomes in the region.
Boston’s City Hall to Go
City Hall To Go visits Boston’s neighborhoods throughout the year, offering a select menu of city services directly to constituents. The truck can also be deployed to special events, block parties and street festivals, as well as select seasonal services as resident needs shift throughout the year.
“Add a tree to your street” public engagement tool
Project Great Streets printed 4 inch trees on mylar. People can hold up the image on treeless streets to imagine what a street tree may look like. It is like “photoshopping” trees onto the streetscape in real time.
Neighborhood Partnering Program – Austin TX
The Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) provides opportunities for community and neighborhood organizations to affect public improvements by sharing in the costs of those efforts with the City of Austin. Cost sharing can be achieved through cash contributions, in-kind contributions, or donated labor (sweat-equity).
Rackspotter – Crowdsourced Bike Rack Mapping
Arlington County’s Bicycle Program created Rackspotter, an app to identify and map bicycle parking racks. BikeArlington builds on existing partnerships among citizens, businesses and local government to encourage more people to bike more often in Arlington.
Guerrilla Wayfinding – DIY Wayfinding Signs for Pedestrians
Walk [Your City] is a Raleigh N.C. based organization that began posting unsanctioned wayfinding signs for pedestrians. The signs contain three important points: a common destination, the direction and approximate walk time. Walk [Your City] now has online templates so any city can print colorful signs.
Community Button Campaign – “Not Myself Today”
The “Not Myself Today” campaign is an annual week addressing mental health and well-being. In 2012, Blok Design, working with Partners in Mental Health, used campaign style buttons with a range of moods and feelings. Organizers chose an area with high foot traffic, encouraging pedestrians to “wear their feelings.” The campaign seeks to reduce the stigma of mental health and to open the dialogue on mental health.
Urbanism on Tap – constructive conversations about ideas shaping Tampa
Urbanism on Tap is an event organized by CNU Tampa Bay and The Urban Charrette designed to give an opportunity for the community to engage in constructive conversations about current ideas shaping ampa Florida
The Presidents' Breakfast – civic association-led planning
Twenty-five years ago, Arlington County (Virginia) officials, businesses and neighborhoods along Columbia Pike started a revitalization organization in response to the growing disinvestment along the length of the Pike. Unlike downtown redevelopment, corridors pose special challenges for both economic development and neighborhood buy in; the longer the corridor, the more neighborhoods to involve. Moreover, corridors spread economic activity along a thin strip of roadway. In Arlington, presidents from 10 civic associations met regularly to build relationships, planning skills and trust.
Seattle 2035 – Flip Cards for Outreach
For public workshops, Seattle created a series of flip cards featuring trivia about the city. The cards include stories of major icons in Seattle; people, places and parks.
"What is Zoning?" Toolkit
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) created toolkits to help community advocates teach the basics on zoning and affordable housing. These are public engagement multipliers that spread baseline education beyond traditional local government-led sessions.
Strategic Visioning for Cities – Portland’s vision PDX
In 2005, Portland’s Mayor Tom Potter led a 2-year, city-wide visioning process to address Portland’s most pressing challenges while positioning the city to take advantage of trends . The visioning effort led to a new kind of strategic and comprehensive planning effort.
The Place Race – Bringing Lean & Agile to Community Plans
Kamo New Zealand wanted to update their zoning code. Instead of the typical five month process, they took a page from the Lean StartUp movement to get better, faster results.
The Neighborhood Postcard Project
The Neighborhood Postcard Project collects personal positive stories from residents in marginalized neighborhoods and sends them out to random people in the same city to change perception and build community.
GoTriangle "I Heart Transit" Campaign
IN 2012, the transit consortium GoTriangle launched “I ♥Transit” campaign featuring a gallery of local businesses and recognizable faces that support sustainable transportation, and a traveling photobooth.
Atlanta Regional Commission “Pop-Up" Meeting
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) held a one day “pop up meeting in a vacant storefront in Decatur GA to host an informal outreach sessions.
Walnut Creek: Priority Based Budgeting
In 2012, Walnut Creek California decided to forgo the traditional budgeting process in favor of a new community driven process to identify priority goals, programs that address those goals, and funding levels. They used rich graphic design instead of text and spreadsheets to tell a story about choices and challenges.