Street Minds is a working group set up by Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT) that creates platforms for interdisciplinary learning on street design and street-related matters.
In a spirit of openness and learning, Street Minds provides an opportunity for people to support one another in exploring and improving the way we design and contribute to the processes of building better streets, cities and communities.
The working group has a more technical focus than other OSCT work to date. It engages with, interrogates and challenges the current policy, regulatory framework and modes of practice with a view to creating streets that exhibit the qualities embodied in the Open Streets Manifesto. It also has an interest in influencing behaviour change, of both professionals involved in street design and citizens who use and define streets through their everyday actions.
Street Minds strives to be outcome oriented and our activities are centred around two pillars:
1. Learning and sharing: Sharing new and emerging theories while promoting best practice and different approaches to street design and place making.
2. Action: Action oriented activities should lead to a clear outcome or deliverable. Arriving, through collaboration, at real and pragmatic design solutions, impacting design processes and influencing policy.
How to get involved:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join Street Minds
Street Minds is open to anyone who has a keen interest in streets. The group meets once a month in an informal setting and the meetings are advertised through the OSCT social media channels, and a mailing list. People attending meetings generally have some technical expertise and/or experience in street design. They may be civil / transport engineers, landscape architects, architects, urban designers, town planners, street design researchers. However, technical expertise is not a requirement. People attending may also have a tangential interest in streets from a social / human perspective.
Most importantly members of Street Minds agree to work together in an open and challenging manner which is curious, non-judgemental and respectful of each other’s perspectives and points of view.