Since 2014, we have sought ideas on how to make Boston’s public spaces more delightful and beautiful through the Public Space Invitational, our annual civic design competition.
Our focus has always been on shared spaces. However, in the age of physical distancing, many of us are now confined to our homes and find it increasingly difficult to connect with our neighbors. While we can no longer ask people to gather together outside, we are exploring new ways to bring the joy of being outdoors to places closer to home.
For the past few years, the Public Space Invitational has focused on bringing new ideas and events to Boston's green spaces. In 2018, we started a partnership with The Trustees and TD Bank to bring community dinners, interactive play installations, and storytelling and songwriting workshops to five community gardens and green spaces.
Now we hope to bring a slice of these green spaces to homes in three neighborhoods in Boston. This year, we are asking applicants to customize/paint a set of 15 window boxes, planters, pots, and birdhouses. (Click here for dimensions and other details.) 6 individuals or teams will be chosen and each will have a budget of up to $5,000 to complete their project.
Successful applicants will be asked to do the following:
Once you have delivered your completed pieces to The Trustees at City Natives, they will plant a mix of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and basil in the window boxes, planters, and pots. They will then physically distribute your pieces at one of three neighborhood gardens: Nightingale Community Garden in Dorchester, El Jardín de la Amistad in Roxbury, or Titus Sparrow Park in the South End.