The People's Design Library is a digital library maintained by buildingcommunityWORKSHOP for anyone looking for help in improving their community. The three collections - guides, inspiration, and [bc] publications - provide practical advice and examples of the wide range of resources out there for citizens doing community work. Use the search bar or tag cloud to search for a particular topic, or just browse the collections at your leisure! To suggest a resource, use this form - we need your submissions to grow this library and to share how you are helping to shape the city! And to further explore the world of public interest design, check out the links page. It’s the right of the People to shape their city, let's exercise that right and have some fun doing it!
Whether you're looking to tackle a certain issue, gain new skills, or build capacity to do work in your community, this collection of guides and instructions covers a wide range of topics from different organizations, all with the aim of making positive changes in communities.
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic and collective process in which community members decide how to spend a part of a public budget.
The Citizen’s Guide to Urban Design is a four section resource guide, commissioned by the Foundation of Louisiana in 2012, intended to guide the general public on how to play an active role in the design of their neighborhoods, communities, and cities.
Authored in the 1970s by New York City's community garden group Green Guerillas as a guide to combatting urban decay, "seed green-aids" are cheap and easy to deploy, and yield unpredictable, but potentially beautiful, results.
Maryland based planning and design nonprofit Neighborhood Design Center has created five guides to the community services they offer. Topics include planting trees, planning and making a neighborhood mural, home weatherization, weed removal, and giving presentations.
A collection of projects, organizations, and ideas to get you inspired and moving!
Food is, and always has been, something that brings people together. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, to meet new people, to learn new things, and to have some fun. There are so many different initiatives that have food as integral part of community building, here are just a few examples of people and projects that inspire us to think creatively about the importance of a meal.
Since 2013 [bc] has facilitated the design and construction of 22 unique Little Free Libraries/Libros Libres. Inspired by Little Free Libraries, the Dallas based Libros Libres program has brought together local artists, designers, and community leaders to design and build a range of public outdoor book exchanges.
Using kites and balloons to take aerial photos and create maps of your neighborhood is a great way to start documenting and understanding a place.
There are countless options for what to do on PARK(ing) DAY. Playtime, workshops, communal meals, naps - these are just a few examples of what people have come up with. A parking space seems small but its transformation through programming and design can have a huge impact on the life of a public street.
bulidingcommunityWORKSHOP, the community design center that maintains this site, has produced a large body of research and documentation of its neighborhood based work. This collection contains all publications [bc] has put out over the last seven years in the 3 regions it works in - Dallas, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to being informative about the regions [bc] works in, these publications also provide further inspiration for community based work that can be undertaken anywhere in the world.
In 2008, Hurricane Dolly made landfall in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley causing widespread flooding and sustained winds of over 120mph. The Texas Natural Disaster Housing Reconstruction Committee assembled a plan to design a statewide rapidly deployable replacement housing system for victims of federally declared natural disasters. RAPIDO is [bc]'s response to the state’s initiative, addressing issues of social equity, rapid deployment, and constructability.
A Data Driven Decision-Making (D3) report completed by [bc] for AVANCE-Dallas. To help AVANCE-Dallas expand their early childhood operation, [bc] provided a set of recommendations to guide future growth in areas of need. This report draws from a number of national, state, and local data to identify and contextualize issues affecting AVANCE-Dallas’ strategic decision-making.
This publication explores the relationship of racial segregation in the city of Dallas and the development of the city's park system, over the past 100 years.
This publication tells the story of the first year, 2013-14, of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP's collaboration with Big Thought and the Dallas Public Library on Little Free Libraries/Libros Libres, a literacy and community design initiative in Dallas, Texas.