Our team was made of myself, Cody Hopper, and Quinton Mason, and we created a Tactical Urbanism Toolkit with our non-profit client, Storefront Center for Community Design. The Toolkit is comprised of seven 11”x17” documents that inform readers on how to get better involved in Greater Richmond. There are two main types of printed goods in the toolkit three interactive items and four instructional items. Interactive items all leave room for responses and are made to wheatpaste across the city. Instructional items are meant to inspire community forums and neighborly conversation in order to make social and aesthetic changes to the neighborhood. All printed media uses standard paper size and written at eighth-grade reading level, so community organizers could create their own copies. These were all dispersed at major community centers and libraries, and the files are all available via Storefront and exist as open-source print collateral.
Storefront will be launching a tactical urbanism handbook or toolkit to distribute for use in communities around Richmond. Ideally, this handbook/toolkit will describe tactical urbanism strategies in easily legible language with images, drawings, and examples that community members can recreate in Richmond neighborhoods. This “How To” guide will ideally facilitate home grown improvements in the built environment and empower civic groups and individuals to harness their own design acumen and creativity to continue to make Richmond a better place for ALL of our neighbors to make environments more welcoming. This project team will be learning about tactical urbanism, finding resources and case studies, and combining those skills with visual communication design skills to create this new resource for Storefront.