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3rd Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup

Creative Placemaking DESIGN JAM

Do you have an idea for a creative installation or activity that could transform the underused and unique alleys and dray ways (service alleys) in the West Exchange District? 

Join us on Friday May 30th at the 3rd Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup for a DESIGN JAM where we will brainstorm, design, sketch, model and develop ideas to submit to the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Creative Placemaking Challenge.

About the Creative Placemaking Challenge

The Winnipeg Arts Council and Urban Idea are inviting the public to design temporary installations and creative activities to animate the alleys of the West Exchange this summer! They have announced a Creative Placemaking Challenge and are inviting YOU to submit proposals for the chance to win up to $1500 to implement your creative project. As many as 10 projects could be selected and all projects will be installed/executed for one day on August 15, 2014.

What is a Design Jam?

Similar to developer hack days, Design Jams bring together people from different disciplines for an intensive afternoon of ideation and creative problem solving.

It all starts with a challenge—a compelling issue to be tackled. Everyone in the room brings their unique skills and diverse perspectives together into teams to generate innovative and practical solutions to the challenge.

In a few short hours, participants work through a creative process that starts with brainstorming, moves through concept development, prototyping (sketching, model making, etc.) and concludes with the presentation of final ideas and solutions. 

Design Jam Schedule

5:15pm     Welcome + Introduction
5:30pm     Site visit to the alleys and dray ways
6:00pm     Brainstorming
6:45pm     Idea Pitch + Group formation
7:15pm     Concept development
8:00pm     Prototyping (sketching, modelling)
8:45pm     Team presentations  

We’ll have an assortment of essential art materials, but if you have art supplies that you can’t live without (markers, pencils, notebooks, etc), please bring them. Laptops are encouraged and there will be WiFi. 

This Design Jam is independently organized by the Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup and is not an official event of the Winnipeg Arts Council or Urban Idea.

All ideas and concepts generated at the Design Jam belong to the participants. It’s up to you and the people you collaborate with at the workshop to decide what happens after the Jam and if you want to submit your proposal the Winnipeg Arts Council’s placemaking challenge.

Everyone is Welcome to Attend! 

The Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup Design Jam is for anyone with an interest in the creative process, art and design, and collaborating with other creative and civic minded folks to generate new ideas. Expertise or design skills are not required, but an interest in creating positive urban change is!  

The Design Jam is FREE and OPEN to the public, anyone is welcome to participate. RSVP is requested, but not required. Email Matt Carreau at [masked]

* First photo in post by Trevor Dykstra. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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  • bernard

    hey folks sounds like some interesting interested in art/design, sustainability/food politics/permaculture/arch..etc

    September 30, 2014

  • Matt C.

    Oh that sounds like a fun night. No problem! We're meeting again at the end of June and partnering with the Winnipeg Public Library and then in July we're going to have a potluck in a park!

    June 2, 2014

  • Stuart

    Sorry -- did not make it.

    But, to show that my heart is in the right place I was at Maws Garage and Cinemathque that evening!

    June 2, 2014

  • Matt C.

    The third Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup is tomorrow! Here's what you need to know about the DESIGN JAM:

    It's a workshop, so come prepared to collaborate with strangers. It's FREE and open to everyone! You don't need to be a designer. There will be art supplies on hand, but feel free to bring your own materials including laptops if you have one. The design jam starts at 5pm and runs till 9:30pm and there will be FOOD!! You can wander in later and join in the fun no problem. for more information.

    May 29, 2014

  • Matt C.

    Great! Looking forward to meeting Brian.

    May 29, 2014

  • Brian G.

    Looking forward to coming down to find out what the Urbanist Meetup (and the Creative Placemaking Challenge) is all about, but I'll have to duck out early to go help some friends with their Pride parade preparations. Will try to clear my calendar for future meetups!

    May 28, 2014

  • Matt C.

    Hey Derek, no worries.

    May 11, 2014

  • Derek Y.

    Not sure if I can make the time commitment, but even if I cannot, this is still a great idea and a get format.

    May 11, 2014

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