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Saturday, June 9 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
(Play)Makers in Public Space

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How can DIY design/build, tactical urbanism, and other radical approaches to youth engagement encourage play and a feeling of being welcome and sanctioned in public space? What can we learn from the youth perspective as we consider access to and activation of public space? Can the civic commons be a creative learning ecosystem?

Organizations who work with youth to offer engaging, meaningful, and equitable approaches to design education will share their philosophy and approach, and discuss the challenges and possibilities of their work. We will explore different models of design training and apprenticeship that respond to the changing needs of youth today in terms of technology, skills and workforce development. This conversation will go beyond what is on offer for youth and explore what is at stake for us—the public—when we truly hear and value youth participation in conversations about the evolution of our streets, neighborhoods, cities and regions.

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Thomas Gardner

MICA Social Design
Thomas Gardner is a designer and educator. His teaching and research explore design methodologies and tactical technologies, with a particular focus on pedagogy, fabrication, community engagement and emerging practices. He is the co-founder of HousingOperative, a design-build agency... Read More →

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Sarah Cappo

Education Program Coordinator, National Building Muesum
Sarah Cappo manages the Design Apprenticeship Program, an 8-week design-build program for teens in the greater Washington, DC area. Cappo holds bachelor’s degrees in Studio Art and Nonprofit Leadership from William Jewell College, and a master’s degree in Museum Studies and Museum... Read More →
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Alex Gilliam

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Hanah Murphy

Playground City
Inspired by the natural world and random pop-ups, Hanah Murphy is an advocate for collaborative community development and an aspiring urban designer. Through her work with Playground City, she has learned to listen to her inner child and infuses playfulness into all of their program... Read More →

Alexis Robinson

Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning
 Alexis Robinson in a recent graduate of the University of Maryland with a Master's in Community Planning and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy. Currently, she is working at Fairfax County's Department of Planning and Zoning, Planning Division, and always looking... Read More →

Saturday June 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Open Works: Classroom 2