Alex Gilliam/ Public Workshop

Alex Gilliam, director of Philadelphia-based Public Workshop, collaborated with FPAP on Re-Use A Lot, a program to design and build quick interventions on vacant lots in Flint. A cheerleader of possibility, Public Workshop creates uniquely engaging opportunities for youth and their communities to shape the design of their cities. Public Workshop redefines the way that youth participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their communities, and addresses the most pressing challenges in the world around them. In the process, it fundamentally re-imagines education by reshaping how and where learning occurs. Working with its partners and clients, it develops inspiring curricula, transformative youth design leadership programs, innovative participatory community design tools, engaging events and thoughtful strategies that help people rethink possibility. It accomplishes this by relentlessly challenging and radically rethinking assumptions about how people learn and design occurs. Its students and clients are smiling (and in some cases leaping) because Public Workshop believes that the very best learning and design occur when it’s challenging, empowering and fun.