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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.
Scrabble in the Park
Create a giant Scrabble board for a community game in public spaces.
Crowdresourcing Community Investments
Crowdresourcing uses small community contributions of money, time and goods for civic improvements. The term crowdsourcing also used.
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.
Popup Work Spaces
Popup workspaces provide temporary, outdoor workspaces with amenities (electricity, Wi-Fi, and seating) as gathering spaces centered on work.
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.
People St. – pre-permitted public improvements in Los Angeles
People St is a one-stop shop for information, resources, and materials to construct plazas, parklets, and bicycle corrals. People St. streamlines the process installing these three types of projects in Los Angeles neighborhoods. People St. represents one of the many tools in Los Angeles’ Great Streets toolbox
“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.
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.
Quick Urban Fixes in NYC – Rotten Apple Project
The Rotten Apple Project features 23 urban “hacks” to bring fun and utility to New York’s public spaces.
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.
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.
Santa Monica, California held a one day event to help plan improvements using temporary installations along sidewalks and streets.
Low Impact Development Road Map
Los Angeles used a board game graphic to explain storm water rules, which took effect in 2012. This map simplified a complex rule by showing, stepwise, how to comply with exemptions and requirements.