We reimagine public spaces through leading child-friendly community consultations to reimagine urban green spaces. We are working with Evergreen to lead this child-friendly process with staff and students at Blantyre P.S. The children are leading interviews and gathering data from community members and providing key input into the creation of this inter-generational and accessible park. They presented their visions to the City of Toronto and to representatives from Diamond Kilmer Developments, Read a bit more here, and make sure you check out the short video to hear the students' creative ideas!
We transform outdoor play and learning spaces into much-loved places for both children and adults, collaborating with schools, childcare centres, and community centres. Our work with Lord Lansdowne and DaVinci P.S. in Toronto put children into a key leadership role in their school, in which children led the school ground redesign process. This child-led approach saw a team of Grade 4-6 students leading a whole school visioning process with over 400 of their fellow students, their parents, the community and technical experts. See them share their experience on the ChildFriendlyTO site. Stay tuned to Instagram for updates.
Main Street Visioning
We reinvigorate main streets through visioning and consultation, working with BIAs (Business Improvement Areas) and community organizations to create inspirational public spaces that prioritize people and the natural world over vehicles. As part of the Canadian Urban Institute’s Main Street Design Challenge, our design will support a host of community activities, building social cohesion and relationships. Stay tuned to Instagram for updates.
We change organizational policies, working with municipalities and organizations to redesign outdoor spaces and their programming and practices. Working in partnership with the City of Kitchener through Evergreen’s Neighbourhood Nature Play initiative, we engaged over 1000 children as city builders in the redevelopment of two local parks. This lead to reimagined park spaces, influencing the City’s future approach to park planning, design and programming
We develop new approaches to outdoor play and learning environments with school boards through the co-creation of community engagement processes, green standards and landscape guidelines, to build more meaningful, practical, and sustainable school grounds. In collaboration with Evergreen and the Toronto District School Board, a key multi-stakeholder facilitation guide, Landscape and Child Development, was created resulting in the transformation of over 150 kindergarten outdoor spaces to green classrooms.