Browsing All posts tagged under »#teendesignheroes«

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 […]

‘We Want To Inspire Others To Re-Design/Improve Their Neighborhoods’-Philly #teendesignheroes

September 14, 2011

Our Work

Three hours of design-building and rapid prototyping structures on vacant lots in North Philadelphia was all it took to inspire two #teendesignheroes from Philadelphia to want to start a larger movement of community generated DIY neighborhood improvements. Needless to say, I am blown away by the energy, ideas, and conviction of Paul, RJ and the […]

Project:#teendesignheroes Gather Data + Stories To Improve The Design Of Their Neighborhood.

August 6, 2011

News, Our Work

Young adults dressed in lab coats using over-sized thermometers to find heat islands in their neighborhoods? A two-foot nose, sculpted to make the process of measuring air quality more visible to community members? These are but two of many projects undertaken last year by Shadelab, a unique, community design leadership program in which talented young Chicago adults gather […]

Public Workshop Leading Design-Build Workshops On North Philly Vacant Lots For Local Teens.

August 5, 2011


Depending on how you count them, Philadelphia has 30,000 to 40,000 vacant lots. Next week–August 8th-11th—Public Workshop will be setting up shop on one of them in North Philadelphia and working with neighborhood #teendesignheroes from the Village For Arts and Humanities to prototype ideas, and structures that could start to fill up some of these […]

Play A Game To Better Understand Your Site- By Joseph, One Of Our #teendesignheroes.

July 9, 2011

Our Work

Who’s seen the Eiffel tower? At least in pictures? Most of us have. However, the people who haven’t don’t know the feeling of the wind breezing. Or the sounds of the car and actually smell the steel. So hearing about Taliesin and looking at photos is completely different from standing on the tallest hill and […]

Looking Beyond The Map + The Importance Of Failure By Diana, A #teendesignheroes.

July 7, 2011

Our Work, People

Coming to Taliesin was scary for the fact that I felt a bit intimidated by the rest of the students. I knew for a fact that they had more work experience than I in the technical aspects of design, where I was doing a wretched job at figuring it out. But In the end it […]

Now I Believe I Will Reach My Dream- Reflections By Audrey,One Of Our #teendesignheroes.

July 6, 2011

Our Work

This was our awesome team of design super heroes, all who have recently graduated from high school…except for our family baby, Diana…and we all worked tremendously hard to be a part of this journey through the Newhouse Competition. From that competition, we all won awards that showed the amount of endless work we put into our […]

Images From Our #teendesignheroes Workshop At Taliesin In Rural Wisconsin.

July 6, 2011

Our Work

Six super talented Chicago Public School students from diverse backgrounds. Two superstar Teaching Fellows. A rich architectural legacy that exudes experimentation and ‘doing’. Seven days and seventeen hours of relentless testing, building, experimentation, failure and play- challenging all assumptions about how learning and design occur. It’s a summer design camp on steroids- a ‘doing’ camp […]

Can #teendesignheroes Be Creative Role Models For Adults + Subversive Agents Of Change?

July 4, 2011

Our Work, Writing

I woke up with Michael Jackson blaring in my head this morning, a rare occurrence on a weekend morning that I can only attribute to a memorable moment on the second to last day of our design-build workshop and learning lab with my #teendesignheroes. Feverishly design-building our telephone booth porch with only a few hours […]

The Power + Value Of Teamwork- By Jeisson, One Of Our #teendesignheroes.

July 1, 2011

Our Work, People

It is a difficult task finding sparks between varying personalities and wildly different skill sets, particularly for someone trying to allow peaceful coexistence among a static group and with a set goal that demands positive interactions and successful chemistry. For our team, with Alex and Katie being the ones in charge of setting everyone up […]

The Design Process Flipped Backwards- By Jeisson, One Of Our #teendesignheroes.

June 27, 2011

Our Work

Prepare yourself to build, tear down, build, tear down, and build again, so that finally, you can have what you may call your first draft. Sound tough? You’re telling me! Thankfully, while it is challenging, it’s also one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. During our third day at Taliesin, we were happily joined […]

News: Our 20 Yr Old Intern’s Presentation ‘Wows’ Everyone At The Structures For Inclusion Conf.

April 8, 2011


At precisely 2.02 on Saturday afternoon two weeks ago, the texts and tweets started flowing in: Perkins and Will (one of the foremost architecture firms in the world) “Amen, Brenda! Mindblowing pictures, process, data, stories, indeed. Rock on#shadelab @publicworkshop” “@publicworkshop Totally rocks. You have a great group. What clever, dynamic kids.” Barbara Brown Wilson- Director, […]

News:Our Youth-Led Community Sensing + Design Leadership Project Wins National Recognition!

March 31, 2011


Shadelab Receives A Special Recognition Award From The Association of Architectural Organizations. Although we were a little disappointed not to outrightly win this national K-12 design curriculum competition, we (the Shadelab team) are incredibly proud of the project and believe it makes a number of significant contributions towards rethinking the following: 1. Education and Learning. […]

Project:The Citizen Designer Workshop, Integrating Youth + Community In Design Practice.

March 4, 2011

Our Work

Project: The Citizen Designer Workshop-Integrating Youth + Community Into Design Practice Location: New York, NY Project Director: Alex Gilliam for the Hester Street Collaborative Year: 2005-2006 ‘It didn’t work, nothing worked.’ In 2006, I arrived to work at Hester Street Collaborative on a Monday morning to find my talented teenage interns utterly despondent. The previous […]

Project: How Healthy Is Your Neighborhood? Its Schools, Housing, Streets & Public Spaces?

January 18, 2011

Our Work

Project: Shadelab Location: Chicago Project Director: Alex Gilliam and Catherine Baker of Landon Bone Baker Architects Year: Spring 2010 to Present Young adults dressed in lab coats using oversized thermometers to find heat islands in their neighborhoods? Homemade Arduino sensors crafted to measure air quality in and around affordable housing? A two foot nose, sculpted […]

News: Shadelab Wins A Project Prize From The Metro Chicago Information Center!

October 29, 2010


Okay, we didn’t exactly win the Heisman Trophy but thanks to your support, Shadelab, a project we created for the fantastic folks at Landon Bone Baker Architects (here) and their community partners has won a Project Prize from the Metro Chicago Information Center. This prize is a service grant in which MCIC (here) will put their tremendous experience making […]

Project:Our Teen Community-Designers Create A Micro-Farmer’s Stand For A New Chicago Mkt.

October 21, 2010

Our Work

We couldn’t be more pleased to have wrapped up the design and fabrication of a micro- farmer’s market stand for the folks at the West Humboldt Community Development Corporation. In June, as part of a larger community effort, they helped start the neighborhood’s first farmer’s market to both provide better access to healthy foods and […]

News: Our Teen Community-Designers Help A Local Chicago Baker.

October 21, 2010


What sorts of ways can Chicago teenagers simply and easily have a positive impact on the delivery of healthy food Chicago through design? How about designing an apron-mitt that meets the very unique and challenging needs of a local artisanal baker who routinely finds her forearms covered in burns due to the incredible dexterity required […]

Project: A Design-Build Lab For Redefining How We Engage Young Adults In Design Processes.

September 16, 2010

Our Work

Project: Design Build Workshop for the Chicago Architecture Foundation Location: Chicago Project Director: Alex Gilliam for the Chicago Architecture Foundation Year: Summer 2010 Forty seven mosquito bites on one person, in the span of an hour? Sleeping in Stalin’s daughter’s bedroom? Visiting dignitaries, torrential thunderstorms, lots of post-hole digging, hand sawing and a pretty incredible […]

News:We’re Leading A Design-Build Laboratory For Teens At Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin.

August 5, 2010


Without a doubt, one of our favorite times of the year is the one week we get to spend every summer at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Wisconsin, designing and building amazing structures with six incredibly talented teenagers from throughout Chicago’s public school system. Over the past three years, Public Workshop has been redesigning the […]