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Teens Activating Vacant Lots By Design-Building Places For Play, Exercise + Community.

November 12, 2013


Last year we had the great pleasure of working with the ArtPlace funded Flint Public Art Project and some great teens from Flint-Genesee Job Corps to design and build temporary bus stop improvements. Needless to say, when the opportunity arose to work with them again this year and do another Tiny WPA project, we leapt at the […]

Tiny WPA Update: Teens Redesigning/Rebuilding Classrooms, Vacant Lots, + Playgrounds, Oh My!

September 8, 2013


Four Tiny WPA Community Improvement Projects Design-Built By 100’s Of Teens In Three Cities In 45 Days, More Coming! Goodness it’s been a mighty busy summer. Last year we did four Tiny WPA projects in three months, this year have done that same number of projects in half the time and needless to say there has […]

Camp Crescent! A Festival Of Making + Exploring Great Things At The Grays Ferry Crescent.

August 21, 2013


MAKE HISTORY THIS WEEKEND!  HELP BUILD A MASSIVE CARDBOARD MODEL OF 400 YEARS OF PHILADELPHIA HISTORY ALONG THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER IN JUST 48 HOURS! September 20-22nd * All Ages Wanted * Grays Ferry Crescent * Food * Prizes * Adventure CAMP CRESCENT! is a festival of making, building and exploring for all ages at the Grays Ferry […]

Help Us Build An Adventure Playground In Philadelphia: July 1st-25th!

July 10, 2013


As you probably know, with the incredible support of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, we are working with Smith Memorial Playground, a bunch of remarkable teens, and a couple hundred kids to design-build an adventure playground/outdoor makerspace at Smith. Many of you have been asking how you can help or when you can visit […]

‘People Like To Sit Where There Are Places For Them To Sit + We’re Making That Easier.’

June 23, 2013


Regularly, one of the members of The Building Hero Project, our community design leadership program in Philadelphia, will be reflecting upon and sharing their experiences in the program. This week, Meghan Talarowski, who just graduated from the University of Pennsylvania writes about the bench-bombing the team has been doing in Philly to get feedback on […]

‘Come To Urban Geek Drinks, A Monthly Happy Hour For Civic Do-Gooders In Philly!

May 30, 2013


Urban Geek Drinks, is a monthly happy hour for a diverse group of civic do-gooders in Philadelphia. It’s an opportunity for you to connect with other people who give a damn and are working incredibly hard to make Philadelphia a really great city. Organized by Aaron Ogle of Open Plans and Alex Gilliam of Public Workshop, it grows […]

The Department Of Making + Doing Wins Grants From ArtPlace, Cognizant, + Knight.

May 22, 2013


We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that over the past couple of months, The Department of Making + Doing (DM+D) has won a series of significant grants from ArtPlace, Knight Arts Challenge, and Cognizant, as part of its Making the Future STEM education program. DM+D is the ‘making’ oriented civic innovation workshop/makerspace that we have opened with our […]

‘Let Youth And Communities Design And Build Our Future’-A Video About #TinyWPA

May 16, 2013


Amazing things happen to a community when its most resilient members–youth–are empowered to visibly take the lead in designing, building, and problem solving for its future. This Spring, the fine folks at Compostmodern did a great job of documenting the talk I gave about TinyWPA and the incredibly moving community design-build project that we did […]

”Building Hero’ Is Not A Title You Are Given, It’s Something That You Earn.’~Alexa E., Age 16.

April 29, 2013


Regularly, one of the members of The Building Hero Project, our community design leadership program in Philadelphia, will be reflecting upon and sharing their experiences in the program. This week, Alexa E., a 16 year old building hero from the Science Leadership Academy writes about the bench building workshop she helped lead for Leadership Philadelphia […]

We’re Design-Building Another Adventure Playground(s) In Philly With Teens!

March 21, 2013


‘It would be great if we had this (youth-built adventure playgrounds) all over Philly’. ~Jon (and many others) who helped design, build, and play on our TinyWPA adventure playground. We couldn’t be more excited to announce that a proposal by Public Workshop and our fantastic partner, Smith Playground (the second oldest playground in the country, to […]

Public Workshop Recognized As One Of The Top Public Interest Design Orgs

January 25, 2013


Well, we can honestly say that we never imagined that we would end up either on a top 100 list OR a top 100 list with Bill Clinton and Brad Pitt. Nonetheless, we are truly honored to be listed with an incredible host of people and organizations who are doing incredible things to make the […]

Public Workshop Combines Forces To Launch THE DEPARTMENT OF MAKING + DOING In Philly

December 22, 2012


Say ‘Hello’ to THE DEPARTMENT OF MAKING + DOING. Public Workshop, Breadboard, and The Hacktory with the incredible support of NextFab Studio are combining forces to launch a civic innovation workshop and STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics) laboratory in Philadelphia. To be housed in NextFab’s original facilities at the University City Science Center in West Philadelphia, this unique […]

11 Teenage Ladies With Power Tools Change Their Community + Win An Award.

December 12, 2012


Our Work With Demoiselle 2 Femme And Eleven Incredible Teenage Ladies Wins The Metropolitan Planning Council’s Placemaking Award (Grand Prize!). ‘I can’t believe that Roseland used to be known as the ‘Community of Hope’ but is now known as the ‘Community of No Hope’……….and our eleven young ladies are changing this attitude.’ In any community […]

Tiny WPA Teens Design-Build A Shade Canopy For A Farmer’s Market In North Philly.

November 30, 2012


‘Wow, I can it see all the way from Lehigh Avenue. The green and the trees… just makes me so happy. It lifts my spirits.’ ‘I have some land next to my house, will you build some trees there for us?’ ‘That’s nice, real nice.’ We are happy to report that our Tiny WPA team […]

‘It Would Be Great If We Had This (Youth-Built Adventure Playgrounds) All Over Philly’.

November 30, 2012


Two weeks. One great organizational partner. Seventy teens and young designers from five universities and seven high schools. Hundreds of kids and their families. A few power tools and $2000 worth of materials. One awesome pop-up adventure playground at the very center of Downtown Philadelphia that begins to redefine our conceptions of risk, play, and […]

Check Out The Tiny WPA Bus Stop Seating Design-Built By Teens In Fifteen Hours In Flint!

November 30, 2012


Fifteen hours, two awesome collaborators, three bus stop seating prototypes, and eleven teens who now really want to design-build more things that improve their city. In late October, we decamped from Philadelphia for a week in Flint, MI to work with Job Corps and the Flint Public Art Project to do one of our Tiny WPA […]

Tiny WPA Is Chosen As One Of The Brightest Ideas In Philadelphia!

November 28, 2012


We are honored that Philadelphia Magazine has chosen Tiny WPA (Works Progress Administration) as one of the brightest ideas in Philadelphia and designated our Director, Alex Gilliam, one of the most innovative minds in the city. Tiny WPA is a program initiated by Public Workshop that places young adults at the forefront of stimulating community […]

‘Hey Alex, Can We Start A Neighborhood Repair And Design Shop?’~Raheem + Tyree.

October 11, 2012


One would think that this question, coming just two weeks into launching our beta version of TinyWPA, would send me over the moon. Shoot, after just two weeks, a motley crop of uninitiated  #teendesignheroes in Philly ‘got it’ and wanted more. And they didn’t just want MORE, they were looking to initiate their own projects with their […]

Please Join Us For Two Great Events At Our Pop-Up Adventure Playground.

October 10, 2012


Friends, you have two great opportunities to help create and then enjoy something truly incredible (that doesn’t exist anywhere else) in the very heart of downtown Philadelphia. Over the past week, Public Workshop has worked with over seventy teenagers and young designers to design-build the beginnings of a fantastic play landscape in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s PHS Pop-Up Garden between 19th […]

Public Workshop To Help Grow Citizen Scientists To Measure Impact Of Green Infrastructure.

September 27, 2012


What do you do when you don’t have the staff to measure the impact of or maintain green infrastructure projects that your department has installed and distributed in a decentralized fashion throughout a city? ‘How about growing a corps of citizen scientists? Given our work helping create Shadelab, it’s probably not surprising that we think […]