“CITIES HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF PROVIDING SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY, ONLY BECAUSE, AND ONLY WHEN, THEY ARE CREATED BY EVERYBODY.”

Jane Jacobs, Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1961

TBS works to mobilize urban communities around green infrastructure and produce meaningful community spaces: schoolyards, urban parks and other places.  We want the whole community involved in the process, from beginning to end.

How We Are Different

Grassroots Community Engagement – Conversations

As we partner to create and move our projects forward, we try to amplify the voice of the community. TBS provides targeted backbone support and planning for human-centered adaptive design.  Our measure of success: community ownership of the project.

Education

TBS supports comprehensive schoolyard planning that goes beyond an outdoor classroom. Our holistic approach includes physical and academic education to address the social and emotional growth of children. We work closely with school principals, teachers and staff to design and implement a highly functional, usable, and educational outdoor space.

Design & Implementation

We view schoolyards and parks as community economic development projects, and we maximize community and volunteer opportunities. TBS encourages a broad spectrum of construction: traditional public bid work, volunteer driven projects, and in-kind support from local business and trades.