As future urban planners, architects and engineers, we constantly see social issues being overlooked in marginalized populations. In addition, there is a lack of interaction and dialogue amongst neighborhood community members, leading to an underutilization of public space. The absence of individuals within these public spaces wastes financial resources that could have otherwise gone to fund better causes. MISU | DESIGN targets historically disadvantaged populations through art and technological installations to increase dialogue on social ills in the community, use of public space and ultimately the levels of economic development within specific regions in need.

So far, we have partnered with several private and public entities to host our interactive art installations, ranging from the University of Illinois, Pizza M, Joe’s, Common Ground Food Co-op and the Randolph St. Community Garden in Champaign. We hosted a temporary installation on the University of Illinois Main Quad whe...
As future urban planners, architects and engineers, we constantly see social issues being overlooked in marginalized populations. In addition, there is a lack of interaction and dialogue amongst neighborhood community members, leading to an underutilization of public space. The absence of individuals within these public spaces wastes financial resources that could have otherwise gone to fund better causes. MISU | DESIGN targets historically disadvantaged populations through art and technological installations to increase dialogue on social ills in the community, use of public space and ultimately the levels of economic development within specific regions in need.

So far, we have partnered with several private and public entities to host our interactive art installations, ranging from the University of Illinois, Pizza M, Joe’s, Common Ground Food Co-op and the Randolph St. Community Garden in Champaign. We hosted a temporary installation on the University of Illinois Main Quad where we installed two 4’ x 8’ chalkboards that posed interactive questions to passersby. The aim was to turn a relatively high traffic area that individuals rush through into spaces where individuals linger, thoughts are shared and new connections are made. Ultimately, we had over seventy individuals stop by within a two-hour window to engage with the boards using assorted pieces of chalk, engaging with individuals to discuss the questions posed, ranging from “Before I graduate…” and “My most interesting experience in college has been…”.

We intend to partner with innovative groups and individuals from all over Champaign-Urbana, from public art programs, non-profits, city planning offices, community leaders and community at large to design culturally compatible installations that illuminate local societal issues. Over time, we expect to cultivate an environment that reduces racial and socioeconomic disparities and redefines the word 'community' . Using art as a catalyst for social development, we can readdress the marginalized populations that live around Campustown.

At the moment, we exist as a think tank and collective of like-minded individuals. Within the next five years, we intend to have this startup grow into a community minded company that specializes in large-scale city installations, specific plans and redevelopment projects revolving around arts engagement, open space, and designing for the individual.
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