The BOB – which stands for “Big Old Building” – is a go to social and entertainment venue in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have creatively repurposed the space with dining, indoor and outdoor entertainment, and the new 20 Monroe Live space for up to 2580 people. The outdoor beer garden is more open than others we’ve seen and feels
This open-air canopy provides a covered space for markets and community events to occur. Loved to see a playful public art element near the market. The murals were simple but effective filling the wall and bringing “a little bit of happy” to those who pass by. Loved this cinder block and beam bench. What a clever idea to provide seating
The SOMA Bench is an ingenious way to make a piece of useful furniture out of a single shipping pallet, a 2×6 and some scrap lumber we had on hand. Community leaders went through an iterative design process where they weighed a variety of options, before inventing this unique seating configuration.
The tasting room itself was handsomely appointed. People tended to gravitate more towards the bar and the high-top tables near it. Starting outside the entrance and moving inside, it was apparent in the time that it has been open the brewery has become very tightly knit with the York, PA community. The Charity benefit card especially told the story of
There are times when an iterative design process fails. There are a variety of reasons for this. Lack of money, waning stakeholder interest, or no champion for the project who pushes for continuous improvement. Such was the case for this block of Taylor Ave between Denny Way and 5th Ave in Seattle. It has many elements that in another setting
McGraw Square and the smaller Westlake Square one block to the north are small triangle parcels that sit at the intersection of 6th and Westlake Avenues. McGraw Square has served as a space for a transit stop and a public restroom, but now it’s a blank spot in the middle of the street. Downtown Seattle Association believes that Westlake Square
“Lean Livability: Making Lovable Places for $500 or Less,” 6th Annual AARP Livable Communities National Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina Breakout Session – Tuesday, November 13, 2:15-3:15 pm Mobile Workshop – Tuesday, November 13, 3:30pm – 5pm? OVERVIEW Making big changes does not always require millions of dollars and take years of time. We’ll demonstrate over 50 ways, all under $500,
Flashback – 2010
What we loved… Family friendly Contributes to social and civic life of town and region. Innovation section tells story of successful innovators from region. Actively programmed and used public space in front.