Whitelock Community Park
2014 Design Ignites Change Student Innovation Award Winner
The neighborhood of Reservoir Hill in Baltimore City has been trying to turn a large vacant lot into a community park for the past 5 years. Every year, a new designer proposes a new rendering and vision for the space. There are ample amounts of volunteers, grant money, and even a fledgling community farm next door. Why hasn’t this project gotten off the ground? Design is the problem.
The Whitelock Community Park Action Initiative is a plan to get things moving. Over designing creates atrophy. Large-scale shiny renderings and plans halt progress because they require high levels of commitment and funds to get started. Our hypothesis is that too many people are looking to others to do something. Igniting change from the ground level is the only way to progress. Action initiative’s methodology is “a-design”. You can generate momentum for a project by creating a simple framework of intimate moments that are easy, accessible, and do-able. By not designing the finished product and instead working with a loose framework, the solution evolves and adapts with the energy of the community and designs itself.