We're looking for artists, makers, residents, merchants, families, youth, handy-folks, etc!

Tactical urbanism refers to quick, often temporary, affordable projects that aim to make a small part of a city more livable, lively or enjoyable. The aim of STREET LAB: UPHAM'S is to put tactical urbanism in the hands of the community by creating an open lab where community members can step in, work with local artists, designers and builders to prototype and re-imagine everyday aspects of public space. This will take place in the heart of Upham's Corner as part of Upham's Corner ArtPlace.

STREET LAB: UPHAM'S is looking for local residents interested in joining us to learn, as well as more experienced creative people from near and far. (Stipends are available for experienced makers from the greater Upham’s area who can join us for at least four Saturdays!)

If you have any of the following skills and are interested in working on small projects in Upham’s this fall, we would love to meet you!

 - Basic to advanced construction skills
 - Experience in a metal shop, woodshop/ wood working
 - Carving
 - Jig making
 - Sewing, crochet, knitting
 - Fabric work

 Or if you are a
 - Furniture maker
 - Bike mechanic
 - Carpenter
 - Welder

Come join us! For more information, contact us via email (, facebook (  or twitter (@ds4si).


STREET LAB: UPHAM'S and Upham's Corner ArtPlace are funded by ArtPlace America and the Boston Foundation.


DSNI and ArtPlace host Multicultural Festival and Movie Night

Don't miss DSNI's Annual Multicultural Festival this Saturday...complete with performances, food, games and a first run of "The Up Market," highlighting local artists and craftspeople. And keep things moving that night with the Multicultural Film Fest at the Strand!


Roots & Remedies 2013...Imagining a Future Transformed by our Victories

The Design Studio had the opportunity to join over 200 activists from around the country in San Antonio this past weeked for Roots & Remedies 2, aka "Connect. Plot. Build." As Makani Themba, Executive Director of The Praxis Project, explained, "“From the Dreamers to the Dream Defenders, to the striking food and retail workers, people are standing up for justice all over the country, and, in fact all across the world. Roots & Remedies is the space where we bust out of the traditional silos, and create the space for organizers to strategize on their own terms.”

DS4SI helped break the silos down with a Vision Lab that took participants ahead to 2113 and a chance to work together to envision a future transformed by our victories of today...

More photos and video coming soon... More on the conference at Roots & Remedies.


Baratunde Thurston Coming to DS4SI!

DS4SI is excited to host our first "Almost Halfway to Black History Month" speaker! Baratunde Thurston is the author of New York Times' bestseller "How to Be Black", CEO and hashtagger-in-chief of the multi-talented  humor site Cultivated Wit, and former director of digital at The Onion.

Hope to see you there July 11th, from 6:30-8:30.


MPPP--What folks shared with us

After weeks of dissecting mounds of data, our talented project managers, Diego Perez Lacera and Corina McCarthy-Fadel teamed up with graphic designer Mikey Guadarrama to share back to you and the community what folks had to say about Uphams and the planning processes impacting their neighborhood.

For the FULL REPORT (including all raw data), CLICK HERE.

Once again, for the FULL REPORT (including all raw data), CLICK HERE.

And many thanks to our amazing artists--Cedric Douglas and Philippe Lejeune, our gracious hosts--Uphams Corner Main Street and the Strand, our program support--MIT's Civic Media Lab Co-Design Class, DSNI and Ines Soto-Palmarin, and our generous funders--The ArtPlace Initiative, The Boston Foundation, The Surdna Foundation and Open Society Foundation.

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