September 18, 2020

People United’s Kind Places & Spaces project explores the positive impact that creative art & design can have in community spaces. We’re particularly interested in looking at how these creative interventions might spread positive messages, bring people together and encourage communities to think or behave in a pro-social way. You can find out more here.

Amanda Moore’s project Social Space is one of six brilliant ideas commissioned during the Summer of 2020 for the Kind Places & Spaces project. Check out her toolkit below and let us know what you think in the comments box at the bottom…

We would love to work with Amanda to develop this project further, we’ve got ideas for activating the patterns with dancers, creating street games and developing more permanent installations that encourage connection and play. If you are interested in this too, please get in touch. We’d love to work together!

Amanda Moore: Social Space

A toolkit for ‘do it yourself’ temporary street markings that play with the choreography of people’s movement, promoting conversation and physical engagement with public spaces, while supporting social distancing.

Amanda Moore, 2020

Amanda Moore is an architect and artist who is ambitious to make public spaces inclusive and interactive. Amanda’s vision to create a practical toolkit for implementing social distancing in a fun and playful way really stood out as it responded directly to the now familiar social distancing measures that are ever present in 2020.

Amanda has developed a beautiful but simple to follow toolkit that anyone can pick up and use to design attractive, large-scale patterns for public spaces such as: streets, green spaces, pavements, bus/train stations, school playgrounds and outside/inside public buildings. Called Social Space, Amanda’s easy to understand system will help you to create innovative temporary floor markings using low-cost materials.

“I hope this toolkit will encourage neighbourhoods to interact with one another, perhaps in areas of unused communal/semi-private space, by working on a project together and then playing together”- Amanda

 

Amanda Moore, 2020

Amanda’s toolkit encourages you to design a pattern that is bespoke to your own local cultural motifs, architecture and environment, and also to think about who will be using the space.

The toolkit can be used by anybody working on any scale, from teachers sprucing up the school drop off zone to imaginative city centres being transformed into places for socially distanced hopscotch. We asked Amanda what she thought the impact of her toolkit could be in a busy urban space, she said:

“Areas of unused public realm could be activated by the playful patterns and people would be encouraged to play in these spaces and interact with others safely. I feel that many urban public spaces are often centred around consuming retail, or that people are discouraged from using spaces close to private property. I believe that physically interacting with public spaces, such as moving through them more creatively and playfully, would support people to feel more rooted to a place and its people, rather than just passing through it.”

 

Amanda Moore, 2020

You can download the full toolkit for free in PDF form here. If you create something amazing in your local space using the toolkit, please share your creation with People United using #KindPlacesAndSpaces or email us at [email protected]

Amanda Moore, 2020

www.amandamoore.info

 

Kind Canterbury is funded & supported by:

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  1. Like all great ideas, it is simple. A low-cost, high-impact addition that encourages us to think, play and do both in three-dimensions. Lesser artists and architects would have doled out a top-down solution but this one enables and empowers from the ground up, in a very literal sense. Wonderful.

  2. When design involves people and encourages them to create something new and unexpected then this seems to be quite an advancement in comparison to an object that we merely look at.

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