Streets, Squares & Roundabouts: Creative Tools for Urban Spaces

Spring 2015
Fri. Apr 10, 10:00a-3:00p
San Francisco
Mon. Apr 13, 6:30p-9:00p
Studio 2

With growing adoption of digital fabrication tools, community maker spaces, and open access to civic data, the public realm has become a canvas for citizens’ imaginations. Forward-thinking cities around the world are beginning to harness the collective power of citizen-creators, including the use of “urban prototyping” to engage local communities and enliven public spaces.

In this workshop, we will tap into our ability to design with—and for—people in cities, starting with the fundamental skill of observation. We will familiarize ourselves with observation strategies for urban environments and discuss the larger ethic of “participatory design” and public engagement.

The course will kick-off with students visiting the Market Street Prototyping Festival [link:] in San Francisco on April 10, 2015. After conducting observations at the Festival, we will next convene to synthesize our findings and try our hand at refining the set of design thinking tools we apply to urban spaces.

Accepting 20 students. Open to graduate and undergraduate students. Application deadline is Wednesday, March 18th at 11:59pm. Apply here.

Teaching Team
Deland Chan, Urban Studies Stanford
Kevin Hsu, Lecturer, Urban Studies, Disney Imagineering
Maryanna Rogers,