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Saturday, January 24, 2015

2014 FREE CITY

In the summer of 2014 Executive Director of Project FORA, Kurt Neiswender, was invited to speak on a panel discussion held by the Flint Public Art Project. It was an excellent discussion surrounding the topics of community, neighborhood, safety, and public awareness.


Representing Project FORA, Kurt Neiswender spoke to the importance of the intersection and interaction between humans and the built environment.

Additionally, Project FORA provided design consulting services for the art installation work that served as the stage for the event.



In The Weeds is a landscape installation by Missy Ablin + Allen Gillers and public conversation on the grounds of Spencer's Art House. Through playful use of form, color and optical patterning, the installation offers the potential to look anew at the whimsy and beauty that grows admits the weeds. In The Weeds hosts a panel discussion between academics, designers, and representatives from local government, law enforcement, and community organizations for a public conversation about community oriented art and design practices, and the publics these practices engage.

2015 Student Michigan Association of Planning Conference Presentation


Project FORA is excited to announce that we have been accepted as a presenter at this year's Student Michigan Association of Planning (SMAP) conference. The conference will be held on February 20th, 2015 at the Michigan League on the campus of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 



Our presentation that was chosen is focused on our work with the South Parks Neighborhood Association (SPNA) and the new Brennan Park Master plan. The title of our presentation is "Strengthening Community through Urban Design"

We will be discussing the design work and our process using the Brennan Park project as an example. Through our continued work with the SPNA we are using urban design and masterplannning to engage with community members, and the result is a stronger sense of identity and an improved public urban space.

Please register to attend the event, the fee is $35 until February 11th. Project FORA would love to see you all there to share our exciting work.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 - New Year and New Look!



Welcome to the new website for Project FORA. 

For the New Year we have decided to give Project FORA a new look. Below is a sample of our website masthead and logo for our nonprofit. 
Below is an abstract drawing depicting the map view of the ancient Roman Forum. From history we know that the Roman Forum was the center of social, political, commercial, and all civic urban activities. The Forum is where we derive our name from. 

Project FORA uses the plural form of Forum, as our identity because we encourage collaborative gathering for the development of every project that we take on. 

We cannot accomplish great urban design without the participation of our local community and municipal partners. 




For 2015 we will begin using this website to document the progress and recognition of all the work created and developed by Project FORA. Keep checking back in with this website www.projectfora.org for updates and information.