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City Open Explores – Spring 2020

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Farpoint Development and Plumber’s Hall

120 N. Racine, Suite 200 and

1340 W. Washington Blvd

Chicago, IL 60607

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Join us for this workshop series and collaborate among colleagues from urban design and planning, architecture, engineering, sustainability, community organizing, real estate and related city development fields of practice both from public and private organizations that are enthusiastic about creating and supporting civic projects. Bring your skills and experience to the workshop— teach something, learn something, collaborate on something while connecting with civic-minded professionals.


How we work? CITY OPEN Workshop is a hands-on bi-weekly meet up to share, learn and contribute to civic projects connecting city design and public policy. Our mission is to bring design to communities as a platform for citizen-driven change.


We are a collaborative group united in the belief that design should be open for all as a platform for change and participation in the civic realm. Our programming is open to the public and aims to build meaningful collaborations between community partners, engaged scholars, policymakers, and the urban planning and design community to foster civic discourse about Chicago’s built environment and spark curiosity and investment in its communities. Our open nature means our participants change from week to week and season to season but we believe everyone who supports us deserves to be recognized.


CITY OPEN cultivates a platform for long-term relationships and practices knowledge-sharing to support our community partners in advancing their own visions for policy and design innovation at all scales by providing our partners the resources, knowledge, data, and tools to effectuate transformative and aspirational visions for the future of their communities.


Our workshops have a simple & consistent agenda: (1) everyone introduces themselves, (2) co-organizers present a short background / general overview / announcements, and (3) workshop leaders or guest speakers present their methods, activities and/or content (s); finally, (4) participants engage in hands-on workshops about focus topic.


Why a platform to support civic projects? We are very inspired by emerging platforms organized by young professionals in Chicago and U.S. testing models for supporting public interest projects and civic initiatives through community work: Chi Hack Night (Data and Civic Technology), Open Architecture Chicago (Design) and City Bureau (Civic Journalism). Equally important, they are also creating communities of civic-minded and passionate people supporting their communities. We are very interested in enabling a space where engaged scholars, policymakers, and the urban design and planning community can do the same.


Why civic projects? Design should be available as a tool and process of community and citizen engagement. Oftentimes, we expect design only from the private sector or more technologically savvy stakeholders. Just like advocacy and open data, design should be open to all as a platform for change and participation in the civic realm.


What to bring? Bring your (a) skills and tools— laptop or favorite markers highly recommended!, (b) research and/or reference materials that you think would be helpful for workshopping. Just want to brainstorm with us, that's also ok! Although we encourage the DOING or MAKING part of the workshop, everyone is welcome to participate at CITY OPEN Workshop.


Open (Snacks) Table: Soft drinks and light snacks will be provided; if you want to contribute something to the snacks table, that would be great!


Workshops Calendar: Fall 2020 Calendar on our website soon


More information: Find more about our team, guest speakers, past workshops, projects, mailing list and other resources at www.cityopenworkshop.org

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Farpoint Development and Plumber’s Hall

120 N. Racine, Suite 200 and

1340 W. Washington Blvd

Chicago, IL 60607

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