Activate! 2011

The ACTIVATE! Public Space Design Competition was created to create a dialogue about open space and how design can be the catalyst for the creation of meaningful and joyful places that facilitate community engagement and growth. The design competition challenged designers to rethink public space with a temporary installation that would last one year and be built on a budget of $1,000. The winning design by Mark Jirik and Sean McKay created a whimsical combination of human sized croquet wickets out of PVC piping. Installed adjacent to a high school in Washington Park, these wickets anchor a flourishing outdoor classroom garden. Through these small acts, we can repurpose public space to be more universally accessible, inclusive, age friendly, and a builder of community.

Created by Laura Bowe, Katherine Darnstadt and Kathryn McRay in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity Chicago.


Year: 2011
Size: 100 sf
Location: Chicago
Typology: Placemaking
Partners: Architecture for Humanity Chicago