From Ideation to Intervention Through Design

Design-a-thons and design challenges— events similar to charrettes — involve stakeholders in the planning process and facilitate creative and community-based solutions to local needs.

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic paused several planned projects to enhance pedestrian and micromobility safety around the campus. The projects sprang from the Urban Design Challenge, which brought students to the table with fire, life and safety, facilities management, and other campus stakeholders to build consensus on cost-effective projects that could be implemented quickly.

From this example, learn how to set up a community-based design challenge, call for ideas, and turn ideas into completed projects. See how to overcome time and cost challenges often associated with mobility solutions.

Students have been a historically underrepresented group in campus planning and development. Engaging and bringing together critical stakeholder groups ensures that accessibility and safety needs are addressed in a way that builds a stronger sense of community.

Learning Outcomes

  • Engage students — hard to reach stakeholders who are often left out of the planning process.
  • Develop a process for generating meaningful feedback to address community needs and solve mobility challenges.
  • Incorporate stakeholder feedback to manage strategic investments and address challenges for quick-build projects.

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