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Public Workshop: shaping cities

creating opportunities for youth and their communities to shape the design of their cities

Public Workshop is redefining the way that youth participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their communities, and addressing the most pressing challenges in the world around them. In the process, Public Workshop is fundamentally re-imagining education by reshaping how and where learning occurs.

Working with partners and clients, Public Workshop develops inspiring curricula, transformative youth design leadership programs, innovative participatory community design tools, engaging events and thoughtful strategies that help people rethink possibility. This is accomplished by relentlessly challenging and radically rethinking assumptions about how people learn and design occurs.

Over the past fourteen years Public Workshop has worked with numerous public schools, organizations, museums, universities, architecture firms and city agencies. Their work has been featured on NPR’s Studio 360 and in magazines such as Metropolis, ID and the Architect’s Newspaper as well as showcased on various company websites.

Public Workshop is currently working on a project with Philly teens to design-build 'green' adventure playground challenges inside Smith Memorial Playground (the second oldest playground in the country). You can learn more about this project here.

The philosophy of Public Workshop is grounded in the idea that ‘with’ is better than ‘for’ and that great design, empowerment, innovation, and having fun are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the very best things emerge from a happy marriage of all of the above.

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