Archive for: Creative Facilitation

Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup

Are you an urbanist? Do you spend time dreaming of all the ways that Winnipeg could transform itself into a more vibrant, sustainable and open city?

Are you inspired by the creative and innovative approaches to city building that happen in other cities and want to be apart of building a movement here in Winnipeg?

The Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup is a monthly gathering of civic-minded individuals who come together to share ideas and collaborate on new initiatives that inspire positive urban change. We are building a community of creative citizens who want to re-imagine Winnipeg and you are invited!

Past meetups

Urban Wayfinding Talk + Walk

Have you ever navigated an unfamiliar place such as a foreign city, airport terminal or mall? Chances are, wayfinding helped you get around. Wayfinding includes maps and signs, symbols and icons, landmarks and other design elements that help people find their way.

On Saturday September 20th the Edmonton Wayfinding Project was in town for the Winnipeg Design Festival to lead a public talk and walk looking at wayfinding in our downtown.

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The Edmonton Wayfinding Project (EWP) is a citizen-led design action group that is working to improve pedestrian wayfinding culture and infrastructure in Edmonton. Now in it’s second year, the project has organized a number of exhibitions and public events to engage Edmontonians in a broad conversation about the importance of good pedestrian wayfinding in the urban core. Working in partnership with the City of Edmonton, the EWS helped develop and launch a wayfinding prototype inspired by the Legible London system. This summer the EWS is undertaking a research project looking at how people use (and get lost in) Edmonton’s pedway system with the aim to contribute valuable user experience research to the City’s ongoing wayfinding strategy.
This engaging workshop will take to the streets with a walk looking at past and present wayfinding infrastructure in Winnipeg, and invite
conversation about future wayfinding trends and issues.

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The workshop began with a presentation from the Edmonton Wayfinding Project sharing their story of working with the City of Edmonton on pedestrian wayfinding research, design and advocacy over the last year.

The walk (centred around Graham and Portage Avenue) was punctuated with stops along the route highlighting past and present wayfinding infrastructure in Winnipeg and inviting dialogue about future wayfinding trends and issues. Guest contributors included Diane Roussin, executive director of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre; Constantina Douvris from HTFC Planning & Design; Sussanne Dewey-Povoledo, Planner with the City of Winnipeg; Harry Finnigan, consultant and former head of Planning at the City of WInnipeg; Tom Janzen from CentreVenture; Blair Helgason, principal of Guppy Design; Mascilline Hama from Transit Winnipeg; Tricia Wasney, manager of the Public Art program at the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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Photos by @wayfindYEG

Rethinking Libraries for the 21st Century

The Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup is going to the library! We’re partnering with the Winnipeg Public Library as part of their Inspiring Ideas forum to imagine new models for libraries in the 21st century!

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Libraries around the world are innovating their services and programs: from small-business incubators, tool lending programs, 3D printers, maker-spaces, new media labs and so much more! Libraries have never been more important as civic and cultural centres in cities than today. 

Join us on Thursday June 26th at the the Millennium Library (5-8pm) where we will hear about these new innovations and help the Winnipeg Public Library innovate for the future!

Our meetup discussions and activities will centre around the following four areas:

1. Collections: What collections and resources are important to you?
2. Programs: How can library programs meet community needs?
3. Space and Services: How can space and services be reinvented to meet community needs?
4. Community and Social Opportunities: What role can the library play in creating opportunities for all Winnipeggers?

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We will also be joined by Monica Giesbrecht, a landscape architect with HTFC Planning and Design who will give a tour and talk about the redesigned Millennium Library plaza. Tricia Wasney, Manager of Public Art at the Winnipeg Arts Council will talk about the public art work in the park, emptyful by Bill Pechet and Sentinel of Truth by Darren Stebeleski.

* We will be meeting on the second floor of the Millennium Library, off to the (west) side where all the reading chairs and tables are located. *

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Banner photo by Trevor. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tcp909/4979792909

Creative Placemaking Design Jam

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Do you have an idea for a creative installation or activity that could transform the underused and unique alleys and dray ways (service alleys) in the West Exchange District? 

Join us on Friday May 30th at the 3rd Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup for a DESIGN JAM where we will brainstorm, design, sketch, model and develop ideas to submit to the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Creative Placemaking Challenge.

About the Creative Placemaking Challenge

The Winnipeg Arts Council and Urban Idea are inviting the public to design temporary installations and creative activities to animate the alleys of the West Exchange this summer! They have announced a Creative Placemaking Challenge and are inviting YOU to submit proposals for the chance to win up to $1500 to implement your creative project. As many as 10 projects could be selected and all projects will be installed/executed for one day on August 15, 2014.

What is a Design Jam?

Similar to developer hack days, Design Jams bring together people from different disciplines for an intensive afternoon of ideation and creative problem solving.

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It all starts with a challenge—a compelling issue to be tackled. Everyone in the room brings their unique skills and diverse perspectives together into teams to generate innovative and practical solutions to the challenge.

In a few short hours, participants work through a creative process that starts with brainstorming, moves through concept development, prototyping (sketching, model making, etc.) and concludes with the presentation of final ideas and solutions. 

Design Jam Schedule

5:15pm     Welcome + Introduction
5:30pm     Site visit to the alleys and dray ways
6:00pm     Brainstorming
6:45pm     Idea Pitch + Group formation
7:15pm     Concept development
8:00pm     Prototyping (sketching, modelling)
8:45pm     Team presentations  

We’ll have an assortment of essential art materials, but if you have art supplies that you can’t live without (markers, pencils, notebooks, etc), please bring them. Laptops are encouraged and there will be WiFi. 

This Design Jam is independently organized by the Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup and is not an official event of the Winnipeg Arts Council or Urban Idea.

All ideas and concepts generated at the Design Jam belong to the participants. It’s up to you and the people you collaborate with at the workshop to decide what happens after the Jam and if you want to submit your proposal the Winnipeg Arts Council’s placemaking challenge.

Everyone is Welcome to Attend! 

The Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup Design Jam is for anyone with an interest in the creative process, art and design, and collaborating with other creative and civic minded folks to generate new ideas. Expertise or design skills are not required, but an interest in creating positive urban change is!  

The Design Jam is FREE and OPEN to the public, anyone is welcome to participate. RSVP is requested, but not required. Email Matt Carreau at winnipegurbanist@gmail.com

* Banner photo by Steven McCullough https://www.flickr.com/photos/slm/

* First photo in post by Trevor Dykstra. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Pedestrian Friendly Urban Design

On Friday April 25th, join us once again for the 2nd edition of the monthly Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup. This time around we are partnering with Jane’s Walk for conversation about pedestrian friendly urban design, mobility and accessibility issues in Winnipeg.

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Join us on Friday April 25th at La Maison des artstes (219 Provencher) from 5-8pm to hear three exceptional local community leaders share their insights and stories about making Winnipeg a more accessible city.

Presenters will include Jomar Manzano, co-chair of the Downtown Community Residents Association and a civil engineer in training with a passion for transit and universal urban design will be presenting a pecha-kucha style talk. Andre Clement, owner of Cafe Postal, will be talking about efforts to reclaim Provencher as a vital boulevard with a focus on pedestrians, and Karina Cardona will present findings from her research into the construction and experience of impaired mobility in Winnipeg, offering lessons that can be applied to address multiple forms of systemic oppression.

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* Banner photo by Steve McCullough 
Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/slm/8595721171

iconnipeg: Drawing the City from A to Z

Title: iconnipeg: Drawing the City from A to Z
Project Scope: Series of design workshops that invite the public to design graphic symbols that visually communicate local civic concepts
Location/Year: Winnipeg, Manitoba. 2013 – 2014
Sponsors: Manitoba Start, the Winnipeg Arts Council, Winnipeg Design Festival, Martha Street Studio

Summary:

When you think of Winnipeg, what iconic symbols and experiences come to mind? Inspired by the NounProject and Iconathon events in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, iconnipeg is a series of public design workshop that invites the public to design graphic symbols that visually communicate local civic concepts.

The objective of the workshop was to have a conversation about how we see ourselves as a city—what we value, what inspires or enrages us—in a way that is creative, collaborative and fun! iconnipeg asks participants to look beyond the obvious and clichéd symbols of Winnipeg, to represent the everyday, enigmatic and under-celebrated parts of our urban experience in iconic form.

PHASE ONE:

The first phase of iconnipeg was hosted on September 21st 2013 in conjunction with the Winnipeg Design Festival. Participants were engaged in a creative design process that included brainstorming, symbol prototyping and design production to create icons. A stamp making workshop led by Martha Street Studio and a digital illustration 101 workshop led by Rylaan Gimby supported participation from a broad range skills and abilities. Guest speakers includeding Colin Neufeld from 5468796 Architecture and former icograda president Robert Peters.

PHASE 2:

In 2014, iconnipeg was re-imagined as a mobile “pop-up” installation and workshop that set up at locations and events over the course of the 2014 Design Festival. The pop-up displayed 26 fully realized vector icons–one for each letter of the alphabet–to demonstrate the project concept and to help inspire the public. The pop-up was constructed out of cardboard boxes with applied vinyl and laser-cut sheet cardboard and foam core. The panel included instructions inviting the public to sketch their own icons using the sticky-notes provided. The iconnipeg pop-up was featured in the lobby of Red River College, the Millennium Library, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery as part of the 10x20x20 event.

Photo no.1 by Justin Ladia

 

COLAB: A Change Lab for Markham

Title: COLAB: A Change Lab for Markham
Project Scope: Strategic Plan for an inter-departmental collaboration and innovation lab for the City of Markham. Developed and as the final project towards post-graduate studies at the Institute without Boundaries.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Writer, editor. Developed the Old Kennedy Road case study, strategic design direction.
Collaborators: Asma Khanani-Caporaletti, Dana Seguin, Nikki Hsiao Chi Shih, Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez

Summary:
The 2012 City Systems team proposed a forward looking strategy for its client partner the City of Markham. Students proposed COLAB, a laboratory for inter-departmental collaboration and problem solving within the municipality. COLAB draws on the resources of the municipality, the dynamism of the private sector and the wisdom of the community to research, design, develop and prototype innovative solutions for 21st century urban challenges. In this proposal, students demonstrate the usefulness and suitability of the “change-lab” model for confronting complex urban-scale issues by highlighting the year’s work, explaining the key insights that lead to this proposal, and outlining the requirements, processes and strategies necessary to establish COLAB within Markham. Two case studies are presented as models illustrating how a functioning COLAB would use design innovation to tackle small and large scale main street revitalization.

Photography by Nikki Shih

View the complete proposal

 

Design and Layout by Nikki Shih

Old Kennedy Road Revitalization Strategy

Title: Old Kennedy Road Revitalization Strategy
Project Scope: A strategic revitalization proposal for Old Kennedy Road in Markham. Developed as part of the Main Streets of Markham international design charrette, and submitted as a case study for the COLAB project.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Team leader, facilitator; Strategic design direction; Designer, plan illustrations
Collaborators: Matteo Boldrin, Matteo Casaburi, Hiu Chan, Micheline Ferguson, Troels Kobberoe, Kimberlyn Lei, Stuart McPherson, Marianne Metairie, Kristian Pal, Natalie Pozzan, Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez

Summary:
The Old Kennedy Road Revitalization Strategy is an innovative proposal that presents a new model for main street revitalization in Markham. The strategy outlines a phased redevelopment plan for Old Kennedy Road that engages community, repairs and restores local ecosystems, and promotes research and commercial opportunities in the “green economy.”

PROJECT VISION: Old Kennedy Road presents Markham with an opportunity to build a model sustainable community while establishing the infrastructure to enable the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies, products and services that will position Markham as a leader in the emerging “green technology” sector.

1. Map by Matt Carreau; 2. Rendering by Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez & Angelica Ramos Saavedra; 3. Rendering by Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez & Stephen Tiao; 4. Map and text by Matt Carreau.

View the complete strategy

 

International Design Charrettes

Title: Sustainable Cities of the Future Charrette; Main Streets of Markham Charrette; Creative Convergence Hubs Charrette
Project Scope: Three international design charrettes to support the work of students in the City Systems – Edge Cities project.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Team leader, facilitator
Collaborators: Students from George Brown School of Design (StudioLab, Game Design), Architectural Technology; Politecnico di Milano; KEA, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology; L’Ecole de Communication Visuelle (France)

Summary:
A charrette is an intensive, collaborative process that brings together community members and professionals to develop innovative solutions for complex issues. Over a few short days of brainstorming, discussion and expert consultation, teams create a broad range of ideas around a central theme. Because users are involved at every stage of the problem solving process, the results are practical and meet community objectives comprehensively. Charrettes originated as a design process used by architects, urban planners and designers to bring together community members, developers and professionals, groups that often hold competing interests and agendas, to address complex projects such as neighbourhood planning, urban development and construction projects. By working together in a charrette, these groups are able to develop feasible solutions that meet everyone’s needs. The Institute without Boundaries hosted three charrettes during the 2011/2012 academic year to support the work of students in the City Systems – Edge Cities project. View all charrette results here.

 


Photography by Michelle Hotchin

Sustainable Cities of the Future Charrette

Date: October, 2011
Project Scope: The Sustainable Cities of the Future charrette asked participants to design digital tools to promote sustainable living for residents of Markham.
Team: Team One
Role: Team leader, facilitator
Participants: Liz Dougherty, Valery Prokhurovskiy, Jamie Verbrugge, Stephan Larsen, Andrew Lauder, Breanna Rawn, Miranda Bowland, Joyce Tan

Final Propsal:
ROUTED, an innovative community planning initiative that enables cyclists and drivers to form partnerships and take action on developing a state of the art cycling infrastructure in Markham. Routed taps into the power of the crowd by providing an application for cyclists in Markham to track their daily bike commutes and record problems such as potholes or dangerous intersections. This information is aggregated and sent to the city so that planners can have a clear picture of the needs of cyclists. The information is also made public through social media channels like twitter to apply public pressure on the city to take action. Commuters with an environmental conscience who drive to work and home everyday can join in on the action by signing up to “sponsor” stretches of road in Markham. Sponsors receive updates from cyclists and are encouraged to take action when problems arise. View the full charrette summary here.

 

Main Streets of Markham Charrette

Date: March, 2012
Project Scope: The Main Streets of Markham charrette asked participants to consider innovative new approaches to main street revitalization in along Markham’s arterial roads.
Team: Old Kennedy Road
Role: Team leader, facilitator
Participants: Hiu Chan, Jordan McCallum, Kimberlyn Lee Lei, Kristian Pal, Micheline Ferguson, Marianne Métairie, Matteo Casaburi, Natalie Pozzan, Stuart McPherson and Troels Kobberø.

Final Propsal:
Old Kennedy Road Revitalization: The project envisions a sustainable main street that reflects community diversity in the built form, creates spaces for connection and exchange, invites discovery and learning. It is a living laboratory of urban transformation that is community driven and self-sustaining and a geography of place starting not from retail, but from real human connection. View charrette results here.

 

 

Creative Convergence Hubs Charrette

Date: April, 2012
Project Scope: The Creative Convergence Hubs charrette asked participants to design innovation hubs to develop and nurture the creative sector in Markham
Team: Enterprise and Main Street, Team Yello
Role: Team leader, facilitator
Participants: Ashely Vigilante, Jessa Sy, Walter Batori, Courtney Richard, Kurtis Eckensweiler, Cordero Wingerter, Sony Pereira, Massimilliano D’Arcangelo, Esteban Came, Winnie Chan, Hley Vacirca, Andrew Wallace and Melanie Gaspar.

View charrette results here.

 


Photography by Michelle Hotchin

Major Research Project

Title: Major Research Project
Project Scope: A summary of design research insights gathered by students in the first semester at the Institute without Boundaries.
Location/Year: Toronto, 2012
Role: Contributing writer
Collaborators: Asma Khanani-Caporaletti, Dana Seguin, Nikki Hsiao Chi Shih, Raymundo Pavan Gutierrez

Summary:
The 2012 City Systems team proposed a forward looking strategy its client partner the Town of Markham. Students proposed COLAB, a laboratory for inter-departmental collaboration and problem solving within the municipality. COLAB draws on the resources of the municipality, the dynamism of the private sector and the wisdom of the community to research, design, develop and prototype innovative solutions for 21st century urban challenges. In this proposal, students demonstrate the usefulness and suitability of change labs for confronting complex urban-scale issues by highlighting the year’s work, explaining the key insights that lead to this proposal, and outlining the requirements, processes and strategies necessary to establish COLAB within Markham. Two case studies are presented as models illustrating how a functioning COLAB would use design innovation to tackle small and large scale main street revitalization.