$1.5 million was allocated for the Design for Distancing initiative to create social distancing interventions in Baltimore’s Main Streets, Arts Districts, and Retail Business License Districts.
The result was a fast-paced social media campaign and Ideas Competition, circulated around the world to architects, artists, and anyone with a good idea. From hand drawn sketches by children to professional renderings, we received 162 submissions!
The Ideas Guidebook includes more than just the selected plans. Our Neighborhood Design Center staff wrote it to have everything a potential build team might need to get started — building resources, health guidelines, reading recommendations, and more.
Perhaps most importantly, the guide talks about ways to make the process inclusive by employing principles of co-design.
At the Neighborhood Design Center, we’ve had over 50 years to hone our people-centered, equity-focused approach, and try to help others account for racial equity, multilingual and differently abled users, and the complexities of approval and implementation.
Covid-19 has changed our day to day lives deeply. We are spending more time outdoors and in our public spaces, envisioning our relationship to those places anew. Activating and repurposing sidewalks, vacant lots, and parking spots serve us greatly. The future of the Neighborhood Design Center is to keep working with communities towards this healthy and engaged city life, and to inspire others to do the same.