An excerpt from a recent Ethics & Leadership panel hosted by the Academy of Art University. In this clip, Mallory Cusenbery offers small-, medium-, and large-scaled examples of youth engagement process, and how it can positively impact the built environment. Cityspaceyouthproject is one of the case studies.
A very specific set of youth imperatives lead to a very specific design solution. Through intensive participatory design, the potentially conflicting needs of a community of youth are articulated clearly, allowing the design team to craft a sensitive response.
This same approach for identifying, articulating and responding to very specific youth needs applies to the design of all types of youth community spaces, including outdoor public spaces.
Cityspaceyouthproject draws upon techniques in participatory design, a method for engaging collaborators in a generative way. This video is a good introduction to this process, and shows how it can apply to youth engagement. Though the examples given are based on building projects, the approach applies equally to the design of open space.