Tonight and tomorrow, local youth can give their two cents about what kind of spaces they'd like to have in Silver Spring at a charrette, or design workshop, hosted by the Washington Architectural Foundation, a non-profit that spreads awareness of design in the community.
Kids will work with architects, among them Silver Spring's own Jon Lourie, to craft ideas for a new "Youth Space" somewhere in the downtown area. WAF will hold two charrettes tonight from 6:30 to 9pm and tomorrow from 1 to 4pm, both at the Civic Building, located of course at the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. The event's also sponsored by IMPACT Silver Spring and Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.
I wish I'd gotten a chance to write about this sooner - or could even attend - because it's something I've been interested in for a long time. I certainly hope they get a good turnout and a lot of ideas. I imagine that skateboarding in downtown Silver Spring will probably be a big issue, as will finding space for youth groups like the Gandhi Brigade.
If you go to either of the charrettes this weekend, I'd love to hear how it went. Leave a comment or shoot an e-mail to justupthepike at gmail dot com.