Provide Physical Planning Space

Utilizing a storefront or other accessible space provides a “home” where project team members and government agencies can work together to showcase their ongoing design process to the community. Accessible spaces also enable informal communication between project team members and the community, allowing for productive yet lowstakes interactions. Example: The Bridgeport Project transformed a formerly vacant storefront in the city’s centrally located downtown district into a highly visible and accessible planning space. Embedding the planning location within the community allowed the project team, local organizations and other stakeholders to collaborate directly with community members throughout the design and implementation process. The team has conducted several design workshops in the space, each helping to foster a co-productive relationship between experts and the community that would have otherwise been unattainable in more formal settings.

Example 1: Bridgeport

The Bridgeport Project transformed a formerly vacant storefront in the city’s centrally located downtown district into a highly visible and accessible planning space. Embedding the planning location within the community allowed the project team, local organizations and other stakeholders to collaborate directly with community members throughout the design and implementation process. The team has conducted several design workshops in the space, each helping to foster a co-productive relationship between experts and the community that would have otherwise been unattainable in more formal settings.

 

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