FIRST FLORA DATA
Thank you to everyone who came out for the first Vacant Lands Botanical Spelunking event in May. Who knew sleuthing for weeds could be so much fun! Over the course of the next month we will be identifying every plant spotted and uploading the info onto the Vacant Lands site. To see the first flush of flora data collected, click HERE.
FIRST VACANT LANDS EVENT
We will be holding our first citizen-science-based exploratory mission for the Vacant Lands project on May 24, 2015, in Berkeley, CA. All are welcome to attend. Bring a comfy pair of shoes and a keen eye for spotting plants growing in unlikely spaces. For more info and to download the flyer, click HERE.
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NEW WORK: VACANT LANDS
We have just launched our newest landscape project, Vacant Lands! This is a citizen-science-based project that seeks to critically examine what is growing in vacant lots and neglected and overlooked spaces in our world's cities. Our first two project sites are located in the SF Bay Area (in Berkeley/Oakland specifically), and in Stockholm, Sweden. Our first participatory event will be held in the SF Bay in March, while the first event in Stockholm will take place in late spring/early summer. To find out more, click HERE.
NEW WORK WITH PLACE IT! AND JUXTAPOSITION ARTS
We have created an interactive website exploring the results of our November 2014 workshop with Place It! and Juxtaposition Arts in Minneapolis. The site not only compiles the responses from the visioning workshops, but also examines recurring themes and offers ideas for potential next steps. It is part of our new partnership with Place It! and our endeavor to help fold policy/design into the Place It! roster of services. If you are interested in these kinds of services for your own community organzation, non-profit, or government entity, contact us or Place It! To see the site, click here.
WE HAVE PARTNERED UP WITH PLACE IT! TO PROVIDE POLICY AND DESIGN SERVICES
We have been invited to partner up with James Rojas of Place It! to help expand their range of services so that their community engagement and visioning workshops now may include a design and policy component. For more information, click here.
ROYAL SWEDISH INSTITUTE OF ART / KUNGL. KONSTHÖGSKOLAN RELEASES NEW COLLECTION OF ESSAYS WE ARE FEATURED IN
PRAIRIEFORM’s John Kamp and James Rojas of PlaceIt! have co-written an essay for the new book Access to Resources: An Urban Agenda on how immigrants from Mexico and Central and South America are using American urban and suburban space in unforeseen ways, and how this evolution of uses and users merits new approaches to the design of streets, public gathering spaces, and bus stops. Thanks to Henrietta Palmer for curating and editing this fantastc new body of work and research.
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