Neighborhood Building tools

With which to build dynamic neighborhoods

Future Visioning — A shared vision for the future begins with acknowledging the present, and the stories* that have led us to the present. It is in these stories that we find the kernels of the future, the beginnings of shared vision. Using “open conversation” methodology, drifts, neighborhood assessment (behavioral, visual, cultural, etc.) and mapping tools The process assists us in giving birth to our own future vision— Vision that leads to a sustainable future.

 

WalkShops — Social, psycho-geographical investigations, i.e., the study of the effects of the geographical environment on the emotions and behavior of individuals and neighborhoods, individually and corporately. Walkshops can be as simple as a drift, an informal wander, or developed as documentary research. They can even be organized as complete festivals bringing together visual and sound artists, writers, urban planners, adventurers, and the public to explore the physical and psychogeographical landscape of the city, or neighborhood..

Each WalkShop is individually created for the specific location and the interests of the participants. WalkShops have run the gamut from just wandering to “drawing the city” to GPS mapping. The potential of each WalkShop is limited only by the imagination. [Introduction to “Street Level Culture: A Stroll Through Urban Paradoxes”]

 

SpaceLab — Understanding the spirit of space as place— A collaborative lab dedicated to the production, documentation, & presentation of the transformation of space into place. Of particular interest are those projects that (1) intersect & punctuate, literally and figuratively, everyday practice, (2) heighten symbolic values common to all, (3) explore new paradigms to enhance neighborhood revitalization. There is something mysterious about neighborhoods, something that propels us to explore, to wander, to glean for ourselves those narratives inherent to Neighborhood. This is a “project-creating” lab. The projects(s) created depend upon the interests of the participants.

 

Urban Puncture — High-adrenaline, kinetic experiences— Art and technology fused with the urban experience, while entertainment, can be so much more. Properly fused with the urban experience, art and technology will provide a unique tool with which both frames and define the urban experience in a way that challenges our traditional understanding, perceptions, and definitions of “urban.” Urban Puncture can be a collaborative event between neighborhood(s) and Future Visioning.
 
About The Neighborhood Project — The mission of The Neighborhood Project to (1) document the neighborhood experience, and (2) create and defend sustainable, vital, dynamic neighborhoods. We believe (1) that building neighborhoods is about people, not politics, buildings, or infrastructure, (2) that good urbanism involves sustainable husbandry of human and natural environments, and (3) that dynamic neighborhoods create a dynamic city.

If you would like more information about one of these tools and how they can help your neighborhood or city please email me.

* History is composed of two words, “his” and “story.” To truly understand history we must think of it as our story. History, then, is not so much the “facts” of the past, but the stories of how our predecessors lived out their lives – individually and corporately – and the how their stories, again individually and corporately, have effected (and affected) our story, both individually and collectively.