PlaceMakers is Rochester’s prototyping festival allowing residents to see the many different ways public space can be transformed. Prototyping is the practice of creating, testing, and trying an experimental model of a new idea or object. Rochester’s Downtown Alliance wanted to involve a range of people to develop creative solutions to physical spaces. In 2016, 16 prototypes were tested over one weekend. Creative Crosswalks by the team RNeighbors aimed to nurture citizen involvement for positive community change by helping bring art to barren spaces and by emphasizing safe crosswalk space for one of the most heavily used pedestrian areas in downtown Rochester. This exploration of new ideas and ways of seeing public space allows communities to innovate and flourish, better serving the people who live and work there.


Rochester, Minnesota

Photo credit: Rene Lafflam of RNeighbors