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Connect the Dots LA: Public Design Workshops for Realizing a Resilient Future

Connect the Dots LA: Public Design Workshops for Realizing a Resilient Future

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Connect the Dots LA

Connect the Dots uses art and design to bring complex science to the surfaces of our city's streets, shaping sound policy and inspired public space for a water-smart future. Working in neighborhoods along the river and across the basin, CtD uses advanced hydrologic data as public art, empowering and inspiring citizens to help solve our city’s transit, public space, and water.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • thirsty neighborhoods dotted across the 864-sq-mile LA Basin, on the river and off.

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Mobilize for systems change
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Percent of imported water
  • Walk/bike/transit score
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Post-event, CtD coordinates analysis and synthesis of data and generates written and visual design and policy recommendations, for review by community partners and stakeholders and advocacy to decision-makers. We will evaluate our work based on numbers of event participants (2016 goal: 3 workshops @ 100 participants per workshop); numbers of design educators and professionals involved as volunteers (2016 goal: 3 workshops @ 20 design volunteers each); responsiveness to synthesis recommendations (2016 goal: 3 workshop reports reviewed by professional design teams; presented to 3 communities @ 15 community leaders; and submitted to public agencies).

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research