May 22, 2020

Designing for Public Space to Present at Two Conferences in June

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Designing for Public Space (Jean Chisholm, Charlotte Falk and Laura Kozak), will be presenting at two upcoming conferences: PIVOT: Designing a World of Many Centres (June 4, free and open to the public) and Participatory Design Conference (June 15 – 19).

The team will present their paper, Sticks, Ropes, Land: Confronting Colonial Practices in Public Space Design, which is informed by the Living Labs-supported participatory workshops and educational programming that took place in Prince George and Vancouver in 2019.

For their participation at Participatory Design Conference, the team has developed an open-ended, participatory prompt and welcome all those interested to engage through

The responses will be shared during an online exhibition accompanying PDC2020 – Situated Actions and also will contextualize discussion during a limited series of Interactive Sessions on June 17. Situated Actions online exhibition will be open to the public.

Designing for Public Space investigates human-scale matters situated in the public realm. The research team works with and trusts, municipalities, social service organizations, and schools guided by values of stewardship, incremental change and place-based knowledge. Utilizing principles adapted from architecture, urban design, industrial design and community engagement practices, Designing for Public Space projects consider context, way-finding, materiality and scale; as well as collaborative and practical aspects of working in public space.

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