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We are pleased to announce the first of the 2014 Activate! Public Space Design installations will be in Pilsen! Located in a plaza at Paulina and 18th Street, the winning design will enhance this much loved and used site with benches, planters and mural walls for artistic work to be displayed.  The work displayed over the course of spring, summer and fall will be both curated and spontaneous working in partnership with local arts organizations, schools and the larger Pilsen community.  

A public event will be hosted on the site Saturday 3/22 from 11am - 1pm. Come by and help create the first murals.

Partners include Latent Design as Architect of Record,  Architecture for Humanity Chicago, IIT Alternative Spring Break, The Resurrection Project, Chicago Department of Transportation “Make Way For People” program, and the office of Alderman Danny Solis.  

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Installed under a strict $1,000 budget, the Woodlawn installation aims to convert a 40-year old inactive concrete plaza into a safe, positive, vital place by adding a running track around the space, outlines for yoga mats, hopscotch, and footprints for dance. The inclusive design is for all ages and aims to inspire neighbors and passersby to move together to promote dialogue about public space and public health, in line with ACTIVATE!’s mission to reinvent public space for greater community connectivity in Chicago. The remaining and additional installations will begin Spring 2014.

Check out the images below and look for upcoming events.

The site is up and active! 
Please take some time to come by the Woodlawn site to experience competitive hopscotch, yoga, a 1/8 mile jog or just dance the day away in the mambo zone.
Thank you to our designers Meghan Funk and Kevin Pazik and all the volunteers who contributed to this installation! Events and programs will be occurring on site periodically over the year, so keep checking this space out. The site is up and active! 
Please take some time to come by the Woodlawn site to experience competitive hopscotch, yoga, a 1/8 mile jog or just dance the day away in the mambo zone.
Thank you to our designers Meghan Funk and Kevin Pazik and all the volunteers who contributed to this installation! Events and programs will be occurring on site periodically over the year, so keep checking this space out. The site is up and active! 
Please take some time to come by the Woodlawn site to experience competitive hopscotch, yoga, a 1/8 mile jog or just dance the day away in the mambo zone.
Thank you to our designers Meghan Funk and Kevin Pazik and all the volunteers who contributed to this installation! Events and programs will be occurring on site periodically over the year, so keep checking this space out. The site is up and active! 
Please take some time to come by the Woodlawn site to experience competitive hopscotch, yoga, a 1/8 mile jog or just dance the day away in the mambo zone.
Thank you to our designers Meghan Funk and Kevin Pazik and all the volunteers who contributed to this installation! Events and programs will be occurring on site periodically over the year, so keep checking this space out. The site is up and active! 
Please take some time to come by the Woodlawn site to experience competitive hopscotch, yoga, a 1/8 mile jog or just dance the day away in the mambo zone.
Thank you to our designers Meghan Funk and Kevin Pazik and all the volunteers who contributed to this installation! Events and programs will be occurring on site periodically over the year, so keep checking this space out. The site is up and active! 
Please take some time to come by the Woodlawn site to experience competitive hopscotch, yoga, a 1/8 mile jog or just dance the day away in the mambo zone.
Thank you to our designers Meghan Funk and Kevin Pazik and all the volunteers who contributed to this installation! Events and programs will be occurring on site periodically over the year, so keep checking this space out. The site is up and active! 
Please take some time to come by the Woodlawn site to experience competitive hopscotch, yoga, a 1/8 mile jog or just dance the day away in the mambo zone.
Thank you to our designers Meghan Funk and Kevin Pazik and all the volunteers who contributed to this installation! Events and programs will be occurring on site periodically over the year, so keep checking this space out. The site is up and active! 
Please take some time to come by the Woodlawn site to experience competitive hopscotch, yoga, a 1/8 mile jog or just dance the day away in the mambo zone.
Thank you to our designers Meghan Funk and Kevin Pazik and all the volunteers who contributed to this installation! Events and programs will be occurring on site periodically over the year, so keep checking this space out.

The site is up and active! 

Please take some time to come by the Woodlawn site to experience competitive hopscotch, yoga, a 1/8 mile jog or just dance the day away in the mambo zone.

Thank you to our designers Meghan Funk and Kevin Pazik and all the volunteers who contributed to this installation! Events and programs will be occurring on site periodically over the year, so keep checking this space out.

We are excited to report that we should have a final decision on the installation of the sites next week!  It isn’t easy being one of the first groups to work on a collaboration of this nature, but the hard work between us and the city to find mutually agreeable terms is going to have long term benefits for years to come.  

Stay tuned…

It is our sincere displeasure to report that we will be unable to go forward with the builds on the Old Town, Pilsen and Garfield Park sites this weekend because of new requirements.

However, a path to a solution is starting.  These projects will be built this summer, and we’ll be in touch as soon as this gets cleared.

We are all a bit stunned and apologize if this causes any inconvenience to you. Thank you and we hope you will continue to support the amazing work of all the partners involved and will come out to the next install days.  

At times, when our cities plan for everything possible they eliminate any possibility. We are eager to continue to resolve these new issues and make volunteer based community revitalization initiatives more accessible.

Activate! needs volunteers of any skill level and time commitment to help install the winning public space designs on four sites around Chicago, July 25 - 28. Please register here.

We are also looking for additional sponsors and supporters of any type.  Please contact us at space@activate2013.org to discuss opportunities.

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 4th annual ACTIVATE! Public Space Design Competition! Over 150 entries were received over the 6-week competition cycle and the jury enjoyed the nuance, detail and whimsy in each one.  We congratulate and thank everyone that entered for taking the time to share his or her designs with the world, Chicago and our communities.  We will be constructing the winning entries throughout June and July this year, so please continue to watch this site for updates and click on the WINNERS tab for team information and all the entries [forthcoming]. 
Thank you again and congratulations to our winners! We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 4th annual ACTIVATE! Public Space Design Competition! Over 150 entries were received over the 6-week competition cycle and the jury enjoyed the nuance, detail and whimsy in each one.  We congratulate and thank everyone that entered for taking the time to share his or her designs with the world, Chicago and our communities.  We will be constructing the winning entries throughout June and July this year, so please continue to watch this site for updates and click on the WINNERS tab for team information and all the entries [forthcoming]. 
Thank you again and congratulations to our winners! We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 4th annual ACTIVATE! Public Space Design Competition! Over 150 entries were received over the 6-week competition cycle and the jury enjoyed the nuance, detail and whimsy in each one.  We congratulate and thank everyone that entered for taking the time to share his or her designs with the world, Chicago and our communities.  We will be constructing the winning entries throughout June and July this year, so please continue to watch this site for updates and click on the WINNERS tab for team information and all the entries [forthcoming]. 
Thank you again and congratulations to our winners! We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 4th annual ACTIVATE! Public Space Design Competition! Over 150 entries were received over the 6-week competition cycle and the jury enjoyed the nuance, detail and whimsy in each one.  We congratulate and thank everyone that entered for taking the time to share his or her designs with the world, Chicago and our communities.  We will be constructing the winning entries throughout June and July this year, so please continue to watch this site for updates and click on the WINNERS tab for team information and all the entries [forthcoming]. 
Thank you again and congratulations to our winners! We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 4th annual ACTIVATE! Public Space Design Competition! Over 150 entries were received over the 6-week competition cycle and the jury enjoyed the nuance, detail and whimsy in each one.  We congratulate and thank everyone that entered for taking the time to share his or her designs with the world, Chicago and our communities.  We will be constructing the winning entries throughout June and July this year, so please continue to watch this site for updates and click on the WINNERS tab for team information and all the entries [forthcoming]. 
Thank you again and congratulations to our winners!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 4th annual ACTIVATE! Public Space Design Competition! Over 150 entries were received over the 6-week competition cycle and the jury enjoyed the nuance, detail and whimsy in each one.  We congratulate and thank everyone that entered for taking the time to share his or her designs with the world, Chicago and our communities.  We will be constructing the winning entries throughout June and July this year, so please continue to watch this site for updates and click on the WINNERS tab for team information and all the entries [forthcoming]. 

Thank you again and congratulations to our winners!

The ACTIVATE! jury met 4/3 for an animated and deep discussion regarding the entries for all the sites. A few key community partners could not make the jury and we want to make that all partners have had an opportunity to provide feedback and insight on the designs.  We will be announcing the winners this month, so hold tight for a few more days.  We apologize for any inconvenience the delay may have caused.  THANK YOU!

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THE CHALLENGE

The American city is rooted in its neighborhoods, public spaces, and infrastructure. Transforming the interstitial open spaces that characterize our cities can be a fundamental catalyst for community connectivity and socialization. When neglected or inaccessible, these vacant spaces become detrimental to neighborhood health and vitality. To address the needs of a diverse and changing urban population, space must adapt to the needs of a broader range of ages, physical abilities, and cultural backgrounds. Through small acts we can repurpose public space to be more universally accessible, inclusive, age friendly, and a builder of community.

THE RESPONSE

Design one or more objects that activate a vacant site, is universally accessible, and fosters multi-generational community interaction. Objects should not be limited to furniture or seating elements such as benches. We consider other structures that make a small space seem inviting, usable and safe to be activators; including but not limited to harvest tables, raised planters, play equipment, interactive sculptures. The goal of this installation is to continue the dialogue about open space and how design can be the catalyst for the creation of meaningful and joyful places that facilitate community engagement and growth.

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 15, 2013

2012 Winning Entry - Vertical Play Farm by designlabworkshop