HIVEBUZZ: CAF-SWF Re[CREATE]Ed SpacesOct 13 2016 · 0 comments · Uncategorized
With the support of The Mozilla Hive Chicago Learning Network and the Chicago Community Trust, the Re[CREATE]Ed Spaces project brought together a diverse group of 25 youth who curated their own project-based learning experience to envision and recreate an education and recreation space for youth from a vacant lot on Chicago’s South side.
Over the course of Summer 2016, the Re[CREATE]Ed Spaces program engaged youth from Chicago Architecture Foundation’s (CAF) Teen Fellows Program and Sweet Water Foundation’s (SWF) Apprenticeship and Outreach Program in a 6-week project that took participants through a full design+build program resulting in youth and community-inspired renderings for a full pocket park in Washington Park and construction of a mini-pocket park on a formerly vacant lot.
Youth collaborated in 6 design/build sessions over a 4-week time period in July, followed by 2 build weeks (week 5-6), and a culminating event at the end of week 6. Youth also established DiscoverDesign.org accounts and were issued participation badges from CAF for their work, exposing them to and engaging them in a learning pathway above and beyond this project.
Core programming consisted of 4 sessions focused on design and 2 sessions that engage youth in the construction of elements of their design (e.g., park benches). Sessions were led by professional architects, tradespeople, and/or CAF/SWF staff. Sweet Water Foundation hosted a culminating Harvest Celebration event in week 6 to celebrate the completion of the project and provide youth the opportunity to share their families and friends.
Ultimately, the youth’s voices will be the driving force behind the design of a pocket park and provided the narrative of the story of the project that will make the construction of this new youth-inspired space possible next summer (Summer 2017).