This weekend Underground Signs is hanging out with our new friends at DoTank:Brooklyn for a unique urban planning renovation project in Long Island. We have signed on as partners in support of revamping the town of Oyster Bay, LI - creating custom, modernized way-finding signage, building DIY store fronts, setting up community workshops, and providing resourceful tools to market local attractions and increase both local and tourism traffic. We’re really excited to extend our talents, creativity, enthusiasm, and support to such a fantastic group of people here in our backyard.
More info about DoTank and their “YouPlan Oyster Bay: 48x48x48” project can be found at the Facebook event page, which we strongly suggest you try to attend!
Below DoTank shares some insight on their drive to use design, engineering, and architecture to make a positive environmental impact on this Long Island burb:
DoTank is a public vessel for interdisciplinary exploration, engagement and enhancement of our urban environment through means outside of the formal urban planning process. We make rapid and meaningful change by exploring and testing in our laboratory: Brooklyn, NY. Members of DoTank are urban planners, architects, industrial designers and technologists who engage in improving the local built environment. Our website is: http://dotankbrooklyn.org
DoTank’s goal is to improve the built environment by catalyzing local intellectual capital. We connect, capture, build, design, and produce, and above all else, we Do. We hope to inspire others that change can happen now, all it takes is action.
While the formal approach to Urban Planning and Design contests usually involves lots of speculation and concept generation, we are spending that time implementing real solutions for two communities in Long Island: Mastic & Oyster Bay. In Oyster Bay, we are taking a 48x48x48 approach — showing how 48 hours of on-site action conducting a street closure festival could lead to kickstart a 48 month and 48 year process of improvement. In Mastic, we are developing a set of practical guidelines and implementable plans for improving street life which we will share with businesses owners in-person. In both cases, we are actually engaging with local partners in both locations and saying ‘Hey, you don’t need to wait for $1 million in funding to make things better’, they have everything they need now.
RSVP and learn more about the Oyster Bay renovation plan here.