I.D.E.A. Collaborative Charette

Over the past few months the IDEA Collaborative has begun initiating a creative design process for the liberation of an innovative urban park in the heart of Downtown San Diego’s East Village. This location will be the center and jumping off point for the transformative new neighborhood known as the I.D.E.A. District.

Last month the IDEA Collaborative met at the New School of Architecture and Design (NSAD) for a planning charette to gather and incorporate all of the thoughts and concepts for how to develop this new urban park space. The IDEA Collaborative is made up of partners and stakeholders from various institutions and community based organizations such as San Diego City College, The New School of Architecture and Design, the SDSU College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, the SDSU College of Engineering, the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, the University of San Diego Burnham-Moores School of Real Estate, the San Diego Foundation and the I.D.E.A. Partners.

Throughout the design charette, members contributed their thoughts and ideas on how to best implement the park to fit the community’s interests and the concepts of the I.D.E.A. District. Some of these concepts include the possibility for implementation of a community garden, development of parklets, a food truck gathering area, wood working and artistic workshops, establishment of local art, music, and fashion shows, as well as a dog park and farmers market.

The next design workshop will build upon these ideas and aim to move towards a more established plan for how to liberate the community park. This charette will focus on specific ideas about activities, programs, art exhibits, temporary structures, and case studies that are consistent with the ideals of the IDEA Collaborative. Participation is open to those interested in getting involved with the project and that want to see the realization of a Liberated Park. If you would like to get involved please contact us at or on our Facebook page and let us know how you and your team propose to be involved and realize your ideas. The next charette will take place on Friday November 30th from 2pm until 4pm at the NSAD.

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