participatory design with people, places, and ideas
289 Derby Community Design
We showcased the possible and stimulated people's imagination with Community Design Events on the empty lot at 289 Derby so that locals could gather and design a new public space - together. Over five weeks, events engaged the community to Dance & Design, Play & Plan, and Eat & Imagine, leading to a unified choice for a new waterfront park.
Design Events Calendar
We built a large calendar to commemorate each of the five events. People could see what was next, and what they may have missed. We collaborated with dozens of local groups, businesses and organization. Our lead partner in placemaking was Creative North Shore. CBA Landscape Architects were lead landscape designers.
All images for 289 Derby by Creative North Shore
We gathered on stumps to play music and figure out where, on this large lot, the best place for a stage might be...
Community Meetings are more fun outside!
and On the Water!
Local Coast to Coast paddle boarders joined our gatherings - we can now imagine that land to water connection.
After everyone ate, they used their placemats to vote on their favorite plan, top activities, and how they would use the future waterfront park.
Available for comments 24/7, in your own time, language, style.
The community loved the lightshow across the South River, right on the National Grid building many hoped could be transformed. Retonica projected words and images that captured the five week-long participatory process to co-design the new waterfront park.