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City Open Workshop – Fall 2020

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Join us for this workshop series and collaborate among colleagues from urban design and planning, architecture, engineering, sustainability,

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Welcome to Fall 2020 – Season 9

When we founded City Open in the Fall of 2016, we envisioned a space to combine policy and design, and to work with Chicago communities by providing visioning methodologies, tools and vocabulary to bring their projects to life. COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact and footprint in our communities, and so many conversations about recovery strategies have taken place in 2020. What does recovery look like for our different communities and fields of practice? How might we adapt our planning processes to be both safe and engaging in the time of social distancing?

We are excited to be collaborating this season with the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) team and supporting the Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) in Rogers Park. MPC team has worked in multiple communities in the City using the CDI methodology: Woodlawn, Uptown, Logan Square, Aurora, Hyde Park, Logan Square and North Lawndale.

This season we'll be focused on supporting with the charrette preparation part of CDI, and designing a combination of in-person, virtual and DIY toolkit to engage the Rogers Park community in diverse design and mapping exercises.

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

Workshops Calendar: Find our Fall 2020 calendar and workshops here.

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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