Placemaking & Creative Intervention
A Public Space Lab to create a placemaking/intervention project.
- Starts Mar 18Starts Mar 18
- 80 Canadian dollarsCA$80
- Online Session
Place matters. How we engage with the places in our communities matters. How places bring about connection, transformation and vibrancy matters. Yet, our cities are made to keep our places of work and home separated. With COVID-19, the places in our communities where we would typically gather, are no longer places to convene and assemble. Prior to COVID, that abandoned lot near your house had the most unused potential, but now, with COVID restrictions, playgrounds, parking lots, back alleys and the sidewalk in front of our homes are the most unused spaces. These spaces, immediately outside our door, in our communities, offer up potential for building community vibrancy, transforming experiences one would typically have with that place and also builds connection, safely, between neighbours and those who are passing by. This workshop gives participants a personal laboratory to bring about meaningful change to the spaces in one’s community. Bringing together elements of placemaking and artistic interventions, participants will walk away with a stronger connection to their immediate community, tools for ideating and organizing, and a better understanding of historical placemaking and public art interventions in the social, cultural and political context. Participants will be led through a five-week process that takes them from mapping, observing, ideating, organizing and implementing placemaking or public space creative intervention in their immediate community. Think of this as a live experiment for a public space in your neighbourhood. Over five weeks, particiaptns will work towards developing placemaking and/or public intervention in their immediate community. Think light, quick and cheap with the potential for massive transformation . What is the power of: A picnic table on the right-of-way boulevard? Seed bombs in an abandoned lot? Chalk drawings on back alley asphalt? Puppet parades through the streets? Giant game of jenga on the street corner? A community notice board on the telephone poll at the park? Upon completion of this course participants will be able to: Understand what placemaking and public interventions are. Understand the elements that make a place or site and how the players interact with this place or site. Implement their own placemaking and public intervention in their immediate community. Define a process that is simple vs. complex. Understand the power that creative public interventions can have on a site.