CITY OPEN Workshop Spring 2017

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Cannon Design

225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100

Chicago, IL

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NOTE: The workshop location on 3/23 is at CANNON Design

225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100

CITY OPEN Workshop is hands-on bi-weekly meet up to share, learn and contribute to projects connecting city design and public policy.

Join us for this beta-test workshop series and collaborate among colleagues from urban design and planning, architecture, infrastructure, sustainability, and related 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, create something while connecting with civic-minded young professionals.

How does this work?

Everyone introduce themselves, co-organizers present a short background / general rules of the game of the workshop, and introduce community leaders who present their problem statement and/or civic initiative(s); finally, participants volunteer to work on proposed initiatives— hopefully, all this during the first 30-min of the session. Other than that, is OPEN workshop time. Do have a project ready for this platform? Email organizers for CITY OPEN Projects guidelines at:

Not very familiar with public policy or urban design?

Don’t worry, that is what this event is for! Your colleagues are usually the greatest resource! Additionally, co-organizers are Public Policy and Urban Design young professionals, we can help— ask us! If we don’t have the answers, there is a big chance we might know the right person to connect with.

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 volunteering work: The One Plus (Architecture and Planning), Chi Hack Nights (Technology). Equally important, they are also creating communities of civic-minded and passionate people supporting their community. We are very interested in enabling a local space where young desigers and planners 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 private sector or more technologically savvy stakeholders. Just like advocacy and open data, design should be open for all as a platform for change and participation in the civic space.

How to prepare?

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 would like to encourage the DOING or MAKING part of the workshop, everyone is welcome to participate the groups’ discussion and workflow.

Soft drinks and light snacks will be provided; if you want to contribute something to the snacks table, that would be also great!

OPEN Agenda

See workshop flow, featured project(s) and their information, notes, announcements, other interesting stuff...

Pilot #1 (August 29): OTIS Fresh Farm (Steve Hughes)

Pilot #2 (September 12): Public Decibel (Jake Harper)

Pilot #3 (September 26): Courting Lots (Andres Lemus-Spont)

Pilot #4 (October 10): Rain Ready (Curtis Witek, CNT)

Pilot #5 (October 24): Circus for Construction (Future Firm)

Pilot #6: (Novemer 7): Activate-Chi (Katherine Darnstadt)

Pilot #7: (November 21): Data & Communities (S. Vance); A new look at the Chicago River (Z. Damato)

Pilot #8: (December 5): Recap & Open

Community #1 (February 23rd) Intro to Spring

Community #2 (March 23rd) LISC, OTIS Fresh and Urban Innovation Center

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