arki_lab specializes in co-creation and participatory design, and some of our best work with citizen involvement has resulted in the development of some pretty exciting temporary urban spaces. From revamping a school interior with street-art-inspired murals, to constructing a new outdoor social space for a high school out of recycled materials, to involving the community in annual Park(ing) Day events, arki_lab has experience in co-creating many types of temporary urban spaces, and can offer:

  • Interior Design
  • Public Spaces
  • Schoolyard Social Spaces
  • Youth Club Hangouts

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arki_lab is a multidisciplinary firm made up of architects, urban designers, landscape architects, ethnographers, sociologists, and so on. This helps us to take a holistic approach to urban design, while still involving citizens in the process. For example, we offer:

  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Public Space Design
  • Street Design

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Not every project involves proposing a physical design intervention. Using our in-house-developed tools, we are experts at uncovering valuable information about a site and its various users and stakeholders. Through games, 1:1 prototyping, expert interviews, digital and analog collaging workshops, and so on, we tap into the unique needs and desires of the users to gather in-depth knowledge about the site. We then interpret, analyze, and record this information into a relevant and usable strategy or report for you to apply to your project. We can add to your project with:

  • User Group Analysis
  • Site Analysis
  • Network Analysis

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arki_lab knows the importance of involving people in the process of designing our cities, and we have a particular focus on working directly with young people to see what they can bring to the table. We’ve designed, developed, and conducted a number of tailor-made workshops for youth of all ages, from kindergartners up to high school students. We see youth as the superusers of the city, and our workshops help to activate their creative minds in order to uncover their expert knowledge and deepest desires about the present and future of their local area. We also have many years of experience teaching elective courses in the public school system, giving kids hands-on lessons about architecture and urban design. We regularly design and conduct:

  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Elective Courses

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