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Help Make Camden, NJ More Skateable And Playable This Summer!

July 21, 2014


In a dream I saw a city invincible and together, we made it playable too. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Coopers Ferry Partnership via the support of the Kresge Foundation this summer to make Camden more playable and skateable. Starting on July 28th, we will be working young adults and community members in Camden […]

An Update On Our Citizen Science Program Project With Drexel University.

March 4, 2014

News, Our Work

‘If my friends or family walked past our (green water infrastructure) site with me, they got excited and wanted to help’-Josiah, 17. Last week we had a great download with all of the citizen scientists who participated in the beta version of the citizen science program that we are helping scientists at Drexel develop. This […]

We Are Making It Easier, Even Joyous To Find Essential Services In Philadelphia’s City Hall.

February 26, 2014

News, Our Work

How can government be considered ‘open’ or function effectively if even the most navigationally astute visitors to Philadelphia’s City Hall can’t find the most basic services? Public Workshop is currently working with the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics to make City Hall more inviting and accessible. The project entails rethinking and prototyping a […]

#TinyWPA + Public Workshop Featured In Fast Company, Architect Magazine + PBS/Edutopia!

February 26, 2014


We’ve been incredibly lucky and are grateful to have received considerable press over the past year for all of the projects that we get to work on with our great partners and collaborators. Among others, there are the articles about the formation of The Department of Making + Doing, the numerous pieces covering our Tiny […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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

September 27, 2012

News, Our Work

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 […]

We Are Looking For Building Heroes To Help Build An Adventure Playground In Downtown Philly!

September 26, 2012


From October 1st through 15th, Public Workshop will be design-building a fantastic play landscape in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s PHS Pop-Up Garden at 20th and Walnut. Working with a core group of Philadelphia teenagers and young designers, Public Workshop will engage families, schools, and children in creating this one-of-a-kind adventure playground. Initially taking the form […]

Won’t You Be A Cheerleader Of Possibility Too? Follow Us On Facebook!

September 9, 2012


Hey folks. It’s been an incredibly productive year for Public Workshop and our website no longer is able to even remotely represent the volume, breadth, or depth of our work. We are in the midst of redesigning our site but until we are done, our Facebook page is going to be our primary medium for […]

We’re Design-Building An Adventure Playground With Youth In Downtown Philadelphia This Fall!

August 14, 2012


Here’s a question for you, ‘What is the all-time most popular post on the Public Workshop website?’ No, it’s not chocolate cake master planning, learning from snowstorms, or one of a number of critiques on the profession of architecture. By a margin of well over 14,000 hits, the most popular post on the Public Workshop […]

We’re Helping Create A Program Transforming Young Ladies Into Community Design + STEM Leaders.

June 4, 2012

News, Our Work

Have you checked out the stats for the number of women who are architects or in STEM related professions in this country? How about women of color? 20% of registered architects in the United States are women. Approximately 25% of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) positions in the U.S. are held by women. And […]

Public Workshop Is Part Of Semi-Finalist Team To Design Austin’s Waller Creek Master Plan.

April 3, 2012


Do you scream for Waller Creek? We sure do. We couldn’t be more excited to be a community engagement consultant for a stellar team led by Melk! Landscape Architecture and Page Southerland Page that has been chosen as semi-finalists to design the master plan for Austin, Texas’ Waller Creek. Quite frankly the team is comprised […]

Check Out Our New 12″ Build-It! Mini-Discs. Save Some Money + Still Be A Building Hero.

February 14, 2012

News, Our Work

Our new 12″ Build-It! Mini-Discs are so new that they are not even up on our beabuildinghero website. Why in the world have we decided to fabricate 12″ Discs when the 15″ are pretty darn great? First and foremost, the 12″ Discs fall into a shipping sweet spot and the resulting shipping costs are significantly less […]

Public Workshop + Our #teendesignheroes Are Featured In Fast Company Magazine!

December 20, 2011


‎”The burgeoning trend in design-thinking education is embracing the F-word. One organization that embodies this empowering education model is Public Workshop.“~ Fast Company What better way to cap a long day of meetings to find a few of our Chicago #teendesignheroes—Jeisson, Audrey, Jovanna, Edwin, Joseph and Diana–standing proudly at the top of the Fast Company […]