Adaptive module urban furniture for different neighbourhoods.
On the base of pre-designed modules a series of design workshops took place in four Vilnius neighbourhoods, with local residents of different ages, community leaders, and in some cases - the representatives of the eldership (local municipal units) involved as active participants. A location, configuration of the furniture, and colors were chosen by the local residents (the users of the furniture) and the final result was co-designed in cooperation with the makers.
One of the project's goals was to develop an open tool for placemaking: a solution for the urban spaces that could be adjusted to the needs of local residents.
Residents were supposed to get the possibility to arrange a public community space in their neighbourhood within the process of participation.
Research was also a reason. Organisers wished to find out how configuration of the furniture can provide knowledge about the trust and safety in the neighbourhood. On the base of the same blocks different configurations were developed in each neighbourhood.
All ages involved: adults took part in choosing the place
The project succeeded in strengthening cooperation within neighbourhoods, shared responsibility for the place for meetings and developed skills in co-design. This creative design event in the neighbourhood was a way to bring people together and revitalize the place.
We should pay attention to make strong connections between the groups of makers and strong social connection within some of the neighbourhoods.