Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Case Studies involving youth and adults Co-designing Communities

Co-design was recently used to involve youth in the the following examples

1.  WEST VANCOUVER MEMORIAL LIBRARY TEEN SPACE
It was our pleasure to assist the Library in engaging local youth to design the activities, perceptual qualities and typical daily use of the library space.  The four hour co-design included a perceptual site walk, a discussion of ecology and co-design drawing.  This data was added to a questionnaire prepared by the library staff. For West Vancouver Memorial Library, our codesign was just a part of their comprehensive plan for youth engagement  Our Congratulations to Shannon Ozirny and Jenny Benedict for their excellent program of design participation.  


The codesign drawings were shared with the designer and the teen space has many qualities described during the codesign.  The participants wanted a space with abundant light for studying, socializing and hanging out. 



The space was to be a communal living room.  Lighting can be controlled.  Books were to be on the walls.  Compare the drawings with the actual space. The mayor, councillors, library board of directors and all the teens who were involved with the design were in attendance. Co-design artists for this youth engagement: Stanley King, Susan Chung, Drew Ferrari, Khorshid Azad-Naderi.  









co-design drawings were proudly displayed


Gladstone Learning Garden
This codesign project engaged staff and student leaders to collaborate with Freshroots to design a learning garden to be used to train students who live with challenges due to developmental disabilities.  It was our pleasure to include these students in the design process.
When we asked them "What belongs in a city?" They replied "People!!... sunshine....parks!! "
Some photos of our engagement below.  Many thanks to our collaborators, the Vancouver School Board, Gladstone Secondary and freshroots.ca







Co-design for 
Youth-led conferences - The VSB Sustainability Conference is an event entirely organized by youth.  Susan assisted on the organizing committee of VSB conferences from 2009 to 2014. Now she supports the conference by offering to train youth artists.  Youth learn about sustainability from one another and from experts.  Then, in the afternoon, they co-design their future school district.  Co-design trained youth artists to facilitate the ideas for their peers. Our Call For Artists asks Do you like to doodle in class? Are you a Grafitti artist? We want you!!


Susan coordinated the artist training for the VSB Sustainability conference involving a team of 18 youth drawing for up to 200 peers



Sunday, October 9, 2016

We'll be drawing at Heather Street Lands Codesign!

Come out and tell us how you wish to live, play, and work on Heather street. Tell us your stories and we will use our felt pens to weave them into a drawing. Drawings will be used as design criteria for future plans.  We are grateful for the City of Vancouver and Canada Lands for hosting and we welcome our youth facilitators and artists helping at this event

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Music In The Park

Susan coordinated a children's co-design art table and two teen artists helped draw at the Music in the Park event.  Stanley and Susan both did some sketching there.
teen drawing of specimen




Teen drawing




Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Music in the Park

Susan will coordinate a small teen artist group to help out at Music in the Park. She and Stanley will mentor artists who will be drawing scenes and illustrating the life there.
Information on Music in the Park is here
http://nvartscouncil.ca/events/music-in-park


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Codesigning in California

Last fall, Susan Chung, Philip Chung and Drew Ferrari had the honour of codesigning at two amazing events:
We three attended the a conference called the "Congress of Neighbourhoods"
http://empowerla.org/sustainability-alliance-gets-interactive-with-la2050-at-congress-of-neighborhoods/
And Philip and Susan drew at the NAAEE San Diego conference
https://naaee.org/conference
In Los Angeles we collaborated with Laura Mack of the Neighbourhood Council Sustainability Alliance to engage the people from neighbourhood councils to codesign their sustainable LA. The drawings were presented at the Neighbourhood congress, with 800 participants. held at LA city hall. And City hall blogged about the event in the link above. 
We are pleased to announce we're going to get our felt pens poised and ready to do a drawing demo at the NAAEE 2016 Madison conference.
We had great feedback from last years conference as we codesigned with environmental educators from Illinois,  Kentucky,  Washington,  Texas, Oregon,  California...
Our drawings wove the dreams of many into a codesign. It was an honour to listen to the hearts of people and translate their dialogue into a collaborative drawing.
Karla Klay,  a participant wrote "Whoa, it made the vision so very real. She brought tears to my eyes as she drew children in a bird blind watching sandhill cranes, teachers turning studies of marshes into large paintings..."
Many thanks to Laura Mack and the NAAEE for inviting us to codesign.