Reactivating public space.

The No Barriers Project identifies physical barriers between diverse communities in Charlotte, NC, that act as real and symbolic divides in order to encourage communities to work together to connect, create, and celebrate.

Challenge:  Anita Stroud Park rests between three neighborhoods in Charlotte with no sense of ownership among any of the residents, thus increasing the social gap between them. 

Insight:  Light, sound, and play can bring people together to create comfortable spaces for interaction and conversation. 

Outcome:  Through the curation of a designed event, residents gathered in the park, transformed the existing space through glowing modular blocks and games and enjoyed catered food and music together. Thirty-six custom-built modular blocks prompted conversation, were moved, arranged into games, rearranged, stacked into forts, propped up as benches and tables, and drawn on by residents of all ages. The event was documented by ariel and ground video and photography and user feedback was gathered.

Methods: Design-led research, User-Centered Design, Design Workshops, Civic Prototypes, Product Prototypes, Product Design, Marketing, User Feedback Design 

Experience:  Civic design; Project management; Logistics and planning; Event coordination; Client and consultant facilitation and collaboration; Project documentation

Value:  The No Barriers Project encourages individuals to take ownership of their shared public spaces to restore and promote social good and interaction.

  • Activities: Project Manager and Team Leader, Civic Design, Fabrication and Construction
  • Blog I authored for the Knight Foundation highlighting the event
  • Collaborators: Rachael Fried, Aran Baker, Laura Dusi, James Clotfelter, Bernardo Loureiro, Spring 2015