ArchDaily published an article by Sasaki principals Gina Ford, ASLA, and Martin Zogran discussing the important roles cities—and streets in particular—play during times of protest. Earlier this year, Ford and Zogran conducted a short survey in which they asked designers to describe their personal experiences at recent protests. This article pairs the findings of that survey with the recognition of the impact design can have on shaping the physical and emotional experience of organized gatherings.
“In a thriving democracy, the need for protest shapes our public realm and vice versa,” write Ford and Zogran, adding that "the design of our public realm informs the way we collectively bear witness to conflict and make our voices heard." They offer eight “design provocations,” varying from safety precautions in the form of “building facades becoming real-time screens for sharing information” to breaking from the traditional planar street to make the “experience… more three-dimensional” and “a visual feast with a focus on the pedestrian as the dominant viewer.”
Read the full article in ArchDaily here.