Studio One Eleven is pleased to announce that our submission, POPulated: Parklets for All, was selected as a finalist for the Knight Cities Challenge hosted by the Knight Foundation. A national foundation with strong local roots, the organization invests in journalism, arts and cities, to foster informed and engaged communities.
Building on the success of Long Beach’s private parklets spearheaded by the City to create greater incentives for local business owners, POPulated reframes this concept by creating parklets as inclusionary public spaces.
Three parklets will be designed, prototyped and implemented in emerging communities to provide multi-use spaces for engagement and play. Each community will be actively engaged in programming their parklet, helping shape the space to create a sense of ownership. Once implemented, our firm will evaluate the ability to reinvigorate the public realm, testing how the program can be used as a prototype to provide much needed public open space for other regions and cities.
The submission joins 144 finalists, including five from Long Beach, out of 4,500 applications that answer the question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? Applications were required to focus on one or more drivers of city success – talent, opportunity and engagement. The final selections will be announced in spring 2017. The challenge is in its third and final year of a $15 million commitment launched by the Knight Foundation in 2014.
Learn more about the challenge and the other finalists here: http://www.knightfoundation.org/press/releases/knight-cities-challenge-names-144-finalists.