News tagged "urban planning"

May 14, 2015 / Meg Heeres

Every community is resilient

This spring, we partnered again with our friend and colleague Greta Byrum at the Open Technology Institute to facilitate collaborative mapping workshops to help identify and build communication tools for neighborhood resistance in New York City.

February 17, 2015 / Meg Heeres and Nina Bianchi

Newark and Detroit: design and planning exchanges

In the fall of September 2014, we facilitated a design and planning exchange between Newark, New Jersey and Detroit with local residents and key community collaborators focused on place-based design and organizing.
October 21, 2014 / Nina Bianchi and Kat Hartman

What makes a city 'smart,' anyway?

Nina teamed up with frequent collaborator and friend of The Work Department Kat Hartman to publish an article for Model D titled, “What makes a city 'smart,' anyway?” about their impression of the recent Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit. In it, they take the phrase “smart city” to task.

December 31, 2013 / Nina Bianchi and Greta Byrum

Distributed design: Commotion Construction Kit

Urban planners and designers generally don’t give much thought to communications infrastructure—it’s difficult to understand and outside of our core expertise. But as technology becomes increasingly essential to community health and development, urbanism professionals have an opportunity to experiment with a powerful new medium, and to interact with communities in new and more participatory ways.

November 18, 2013 / Nina Bianchi

Commotion Construction Kit launch

Since 2010, we've worked with OTI, in collaboration with the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, to build the Commotion Construction Kit (CCK). This project is a set of essential educational tools to show people how to plan, design, install and configure community wireless networks. Designed to be a living platform, the CCK is modular and open, utilizing a simple and accessible visual language. Through this approach, users are able to mix, remix and easily generate new materials that contribute to the kit. Our utilitarian approach to design also paves the way for multilingual translations. The CCK has been recently used to build community networks locally, nationally and internationally in Detroit and Brooklyn to India and Tunisia.