Two years ago, we invited designers, artists, and engineers to reimagine Boston's public spaces. Designers made a bridge more playful, parks more beautiful and community-oriented, and the stairs of City Hall 400% more fabulous.
This year, New Urban Mechanics, the Boston Art Commission, and the City's Streets cabinet are seeking project ideas that explore the interplay of analog and digital in our streetscape. It's a theme that we're calling the City of People, Places, and Things.
We have three challenges for this year's Public Space Invitational: analog, digital, and a bonus challenge.
With our partner, the Boston Society of Architects, we're asking for analog approaches and experiments in the streetscape: whether it's paint in the streets to calm a busy road or thoughtful, lightweight structures that make a community more cohesive. These are simple fixes with simple materials, which we hope could scale across the city.
We are partnering with Microsoft Technology and Civic Engagement to look for projects that experiment with technology, sensors, and a generally connected world to improve the streetscape.
Whether it's helping residents and visitors understand the unseen nature of a place or improving the citizen experience of the city, we are seeking forward-thinking, human-centered creative ideas that highlight the Internet of People, Place, and Things.