25 Oct '16, 1pm

Public workshop: driving positive change with playgrounds:

Photography: Public Workshop Strengthening communities by empowering residents is the goal of Public Workshop, which includes working in broad daylight to encourage contributions and creating engaging play areas to draw upon the inspirational power of youth. In 2002, Alex Gilliam got a fellowship with Rural Studio and found himself in a K–12 school in rural Alabama. The school, Gilliam explains, was in very poor shape. “Students wouldn’t mention its name in public,” says Gilliam. “In fact, one student attempted to burn it down twice.” With just 60 students enrolled—and one janitor for the 11-acre property—Gilliam knew something needed to change. So, he created a simple process that allowed students to identify things they wanted to change about the physical space of their school. “The students [wanted us to] knock down derelict buildings, fix bleachers, repaint doors and a...

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