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Tourcoing & Lille, France
Design For Change
Art Point M
Strategist, researcher, point person for group of 10 designers, workshop coordinator, graphic and environment design
Tourcoing’s traditional modes of consumption do little to encourage the local economy and cultural vibrancy. Tourcoing has the potential to test innovative alternative consumption models in the metropolitan area of Lille. Tourcoing could act as an “exchange lab,” an incubator for artists, designers and intellectuals that can begin to question the assumption of what “consumption” really could be.
Must focus on a participatory approach to developing new mode of urban design in the community.
In the case of Anneessens, a lower-income neighborhood of Brussels, this concept can tackle an issue such as neglected parks in the area. Understanding that trust between residents, as well as between residents and local organizations is a point of tension, it is important to create a space that fosters inclusivity and transparency, with intention and the project itself. Through interviews with local organization leaders, Taylor identified Anneessens’ local parks as civic spaces in need of better care. Le Labo D’Échange acts then as a tool to cultivate the ideas that residents have that might enrich the spaces where the LABO workshops (exhibit pieces) are situated.
Built conversation / co-design workshop stations for prototypes.
In New York, ideation workshops were conducted with students to expand the possibilities of this space. Ideas were developed and then refined based on Design for Change project criteria.