I Wish This Was is a(nother) fantastic project by designer/urban planner/artist Candy Chang. The project offers residents a simple tool to express their visions for what is possible in the vacant and underused spaces of the city – a sticker!
She describes the project over at her website:
New Orleans is full of vacant storefronts and people who need things. My neighborhood is still without a full-service grocery store. So I made these fill-in-the-blank stickers to give us an easy tool to voice what we want where we want it. Fill them out and put them on abandoned buildings and beyond. The stickers are custom vinyl and can be easily removed without damaging property. It’s a fun, low-barrier tool for citizens to provide civic input on-site, and the responses reflect the hopes, dreams, and colorful imaginations in different neighborhoods. These stickers are free and can be found in corner stores, cafes, bookstores, bars, hair salons, and other places around New Orleans. They’re also waiting for your thoughts on vacant storefronts and blighted houses around the city.
With “I Wish This Was” Candy offers citizens carte-blanche to express themselves, and by doing so the diversity of what people feel is important rises to the surface, and you start to see what is lacking in a resident’s day to day life.
Candy and the folks over at Civic Center (design studio in New Orleans) are constantly coming up with new ways to engage citizens and promote the creation of interesting public spaces. They visualize the city in innovative ways, produce products that allow people to better understand their role in the urban landscape, and encourage people to interact with the built environment and each other. What’s even better – they infuse a sense of playfulness into their work, making it seem effortless (and even fun) for people to contribute to their community.
Kudos to Candy and everyone who is working to bring joy back to citizen engagement!
Have a great weekend!
**screenshot of iwishthiswas.com