Four Ideas for Bettering Our Communities

Note: This is part one of a two-part post, click here for part two.

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) just wrapped up an exhibition called Open for Design and it was brilliant. Anyone could participate and hundreds submitted items and ideas. More from the DAM’s description of the exhibition:

The DAM challenged everyone—no matter their age or skill level—to get creative and transform an object or material into something that makes their neighborhood a better place. Submissions could be an object, a model, a sketch or even a photograph. Whatever the form of the submission, flat or 3-D, it had to fit into a 2-by-2-by-2-foot space and adhere to a set of guidelines.

The exhibit had a lot of interesting submissions that could really help better our communities, so we decided to highlight a few of our favorites here.

Jerry Dokken submitted this design that transforms five gallon buckets and alley-way utility poles into a community garden. A great idea and a great illustration.

Erin MJ Grimes showed us how to create neighborhood suggestion books with simply paper, a pen, and some string. We loved the creative use of older technology and we agreed that this was a great way to get to know your neighborhood. Our only thought was that it might need some better weatherproofing, but adding something like a storage container wouldn’t be costly or difficult.

Kyle Russell helped us imagine how we could transform retired mailboxes into neighborhood information stations. An imaginative and innovative – if not somewhat expensive – idea.

Seth Frankel showed us his design for a free library, a standing box with books available for anyone to take.

Note: This is part one of a two-part post, click here for part two.

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