If you could ask city dogs what it's like to live in the concrete jungle, what would they say? Inspired by the diversity of people and dogs in my Brooklyn park, I began asking strangers to adopt their dog's perspective and tell me about their lives.
Nextdoor is an existing social network that allows communities to engage around the issues that are most important to them. This site enables to meet each other, share resources and be abreast of issues regarding their neighborhood.
TEDActive conference organizers encouraged a large group of strangers to interact by handing out picnic baskets with 5 full lunches in them. What type of urban elements could similarly inspire social interaction in our cities?
Neighborland is a platform that allows anyone to post an idea about how to improve the local environment, and connect with others to build support for the proposal. Check out the activity in New York, New Orleans, San Francisco and 20 other cities.
By closing off stretches of a neighborhood's streets on Sunday, the City of SF creates space to celebrate local flavor. Pedestrians & bicycles roam free, and nearby businesses and organizations coordinate activities along the car-free streets.
Weekly neighborhood markets provide a gathering place for the community, as well as introduce local farmers, artisans, and small business owners to each other and new customers. Not only do people connect more with their food, but their environment.
We're seeing tonnes of spaces that are either being adopted by communities or are designed specifically for communities to gather in. In Singapore Pigeon Hole is just that. The perfect stage for the community to perform their play on.
Paths of Health is an initiative that started on Ireland in 1995. Their aim was to influence more people taking up low-impact exercise. To increase average health levels in their population and to prevent cardio-vascular diseases.
When the national team wins, everyone is happy. A sense of ownership and pride arises through all the population. People celebrate and are optimistic about the future when the soccer team gets to the world cup and wins matches.
If local people went through an experience of solving local problem with design thinking process, they can be empowered and build the ownership of their neighborhood. Design can do ignite this movement by providing experience, know-how, and tools.
Repair Cafes (http://repaircafe.org/) are a free meeting space which links up 1) the skills and knowledge of older people to repair and fix things, 2) people who have broken things and don't know how to fix it. It is an initiative by Martine Postma.
I was reading about this cool gathering called BOOKS & BEER.
Its a book swap event, where people who like books and/or beer can meet.
Who doesn't like books or beer... at least one of them or both!?
As the world evolves we are often left with legacy public infrastructure that is no longer useful to the community in the way it were original designed - e.g. public phone booths. How might we repurpose such spaces to better benefit the community?