As COVID19 restrictions and public safety concerns limit indoor activities, restaurants, entertainment, public events, social gatherings and more have turned to the outdoors. This has been a great lifeline during the Spring and Summer but will become challenging during the colder, darker winter months.
Winter Places sent out a call seeking design ideas for quickly implementable, low cost interventions to drive visitors back to Main Street that will encourage them to stay longer and patronize area restaurants and businesses. This design guide is the final product of creative submissions from students, architects, artists, designers and more from across the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond! We hope these can help you bring customers back to your small businesses community and provide a safe social space for you and your neighbors.
How can we encourage residents and visitors to visit and spend time on our main streets during colder winter weather while also encouraging shopping and dining at area small businesses? Winter Places is soliciting creative low cost solutions around main street district interventions from outdoor dining to large scale winter festivals, art installations and more that fit the following two purposes:
We asked design firms and creates to develop quickly implementable, low cost interventions to drive visitors back to Main Street that will encourage them to stay longer and patronize area restaurants and businesses. Final designs are published in the “Winter Places” activation guide book.
We crowdsourced ideas from communities looking to activate their cities & towns this Winter.
Open call to artists, designers, architects and others to submit ideas for winter activation.
Representatives from each of the five partners review the submissions and select the finalists.
Finalists are published in a FREE digital Design Guide.
The Winter Places design guide is a downloadable resource with different ideas for interventions for the colder months on main streets and residential streets. Each selected design features images, description, contact information and rough budgets.
We asked creatives to think outside the box. From cozy and practical to abstract and inspiring, the final Design Guide is full of actionable, impactful and cost-effective solutions to keep downtowns active during colder months.
A sample of the submissions
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