Graham projects is Hiring an Urban Designer & Placemaker

Graham Projects Hiring Urban Designer & Placemaker
Graham Projects Hiring Urban Designer & Placemaker

Graham Projects is a Baltimore-based design-build agency making cities more inclusive and livable through public art, placemaking, and civic engagement. Building on backgrounds in public art, urban design, ecology, and neighborhood advocacy, Public Artist Graham Coreil-Allen (he/him) and team produce participatory projects in the service of pedestrians and places. We collaborate with communities via participatory public design processes to improve and activate public spaces with creative placemaking projects. Our works include pavement murals, traffic calming art installations, neighborhood plans, transforming vacant lots into public spaces, and using digital and manual techniques to design and fabricate artistic outdoor wayfinding, furnishings and structures.

The Graham Projects team is looking for an Urban Designer & Placemaker with a passion for working with communities to enhance public spaces through sustainable urbanism, public art, urban planning, and community advocacy. 

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Job Description

This full-time salaried position is based in Baltimore City, Maryland and the employee must live in the Baltimore metro area. Reporting to our Founding Principal, the Urban Designer & Placemaker will have strategic and logistical control over their assigned projects, actively shaping the entire project process of community engagement, design, and construction. As a member of our company leadership, this role plays a pivotal part in Graham Projects’ growth, requiring the candidate to be hands-on and influential. Projects will primarily take place in Baltimore City, Maryland and surrounding states, requiring a candidate with reliable transportation and the flexibility to work nights and weekends.

This role demands a passion for walkable urbanism and public art, cultural competency, collaborative management, digital prowess, and physical resilience. The ideal candidate will be comfortable leading community engagement in a range of diverse settings. They will be extremely organized as we collaboratively track the progress of projects. As a skilled designer they will efficiently create 3D CAD models, scale plans, compelling renderings, and fun graphic designs across a range of print and digital media. In bringing our projects to life, they will move heavy objects, operate power tools, climb ladders, direct volunteers, get paint on their clothes, and install public art and placemaking in the heat and cold. 


Lead the Creative Placemaking Process

  • Draft project proposals and estimates
  • Develop public art and placemaking design concepts
  • Engage in client / community relations
  • Procure materials and track budgets
  • Maintain shared project management files
  • Generate construction and installation plans
  • Lead installations and community build days
  • Help document the design-build process

Organizational Skills and Collaboration

  • Practice meticulous organizational protocols while staying nimble in project execution. Track project progress using shared Google Docs / Sheets / Drive, Asana project management platform, email, and Slack.
  • Collaborate with clients, stakeholders, other artists and designers, project managers, and community members on project design development.

Communication and Engagement

  • Engage in public speaking and networking opportunities.
  • Attend client kick-off meetings, lead interactive engagement events, actively participating in fast-paced project-related communication.
  • Actively build and maintain relationships with clients, community leaders, and sector partners.

Design and Documentation

  • Design public art and placemaking projects using SketchUp, Layout, Canva, and Adobe Creative Cloud: Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, and InDesign.
  • Clearly articulate ideas, conceptualize design directions, and review progress with the Founding Principal and/or Director of Operations at key stages for feedback and approvals.
  • Craft and contribute to the design, writing, and review of project-related documents, photos, video, social media, and reporting.


  • Draft and submit applications to initiative municipal site plans reviews.
  • Draft, submit, and tenaciously follow up on permit applications.
  • Order supplies and coordinate deliveries.
  • Collaborate with subcontractors on support services and fabrication needs.
  • Work closely with the Director of Operations on scheduling installations.
  • Manage logistics, coordinate with the install team, lead community volunteers, and participate in installations.
  • Assist with photographic and video documentation of installations.


  • College Degree in landscape architecture, urban planning, architecture, design, visual art, transportation; OR equivalent experience and skills related to the described responsibilities.
  • Passionate about cities, walkable urbanism, public art, and placemaking.
  • Creative designer, maker, and problem solver. 
  • Flexibility with work schedule and tasks as company services evolve. 
  • Ability to work independently with at times limited direction, making decisions based on company principals and project goals. 
  • Ability to meet tight timelines, prioritize among competing needs and opportunities, and simultaneously manage multiple projects. 
  • Demonstrated ability to secure projects, whether through earned relationships, grants, or RFQs/RFPs.
  • Interest in staying informed on local transportation, planning, and social justice issues. Comfortable with tactfully discussing challenging topics with community members and government officials.
  • Experience with planning and running public events such as in-person and virtual workshops, charrettes, community meetings, tabling at festivals, etc.
  • Knowledge of Baltimore City geography and neighborhoods is a plus. 
  • Technical Proficiency with:
  • Project and collaboration software including or similar to Google Docs / Sheets / Drive, Asana project management platform, Slack, and Zoom.
  • Design software including SketchUp, Layout, Canva, and Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, and InDesign.
  • Intermediate woodworking power tools use and safety protocol.
  • Experience with digital fabrication such as 3d printing, laser cutting, and CNC routing is a plus.

Workplace & Schedule

This position is primarily work-from-home for design tasks, which usually take place during typical business hours. Community engagement and installations require some evening and weekend work, especially during our busy season from April through October. A company design studio and fabrication workshop is currently under development. Access to the shared workspace is estimated to begin 2025.

Compensation and Benefits

  • $50,000 – $60,000 / yr commensurate with experience
  • 7 days of flexible PTO plus 7 paid typical holidays off 
  • Flexible work environment: work-from-home and in the field
  • Healthcare monthly stipend or optional salary equivalent
  • Retirement savings account

To Apply

Graham Projects is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds and experience to apply. Send your resume, cover letter that details your interest in the position and your experience, and links to documentation of urban design, public art and/or placemaking projects you have worked on to Include “Urban Designer & Placemaker” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Washington post Story on Graham Projects

Graham in Washington Post headline over aerial of Hyattsville traffic calming art project
Graham in Washington Post headline over aerial of Hyattsville traffic calming art project

Thanks to Ian Duncan and the Washington Post for profiling Graham Projects Public Artist and Founding Principal Graham Coreil-Allen and showcasing our recent project in Hyattsville, Maryland, as but one example of how public art can help calm traffic and improve pedestrian safety! We are deeply honored and thankful for the story.

Last week the Federal Highway Administration officially allowed pavement art within their newly updated design manual, the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). With this new guidance and an increasing body of data showing the positive safety and economic impact of asphalt art and placemaking, Graham Projects hopes that more state agencies like the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration and local municipalities will start allowing such creative projects in the public right of way.

Click here to read the full Washington Post article!

Aerial photos by the City of Hyattsville, Graham Coreil-Allen portrait by Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post, all other photos by Graham Projects

Graham in Washington Post quote about Hyattsville installation
Graham in Washington Post quote about public art for pedestrian safety
Graham in Washington Post quote about artwork integrating with traffic calming bump outs
Graham in Washington Post quote from the City of Hyattsville on the success of asphalt art
Graham in Washington Post quote by Graham with portrait of Graham immersed in Hyattsville street art

Graham Projects on BmoreArt

BmoreArt Collaboration Graham Projects hand holding magazine
BmoreArt Collaboration Graham Projects hand holding magazine

We are honored and humbled to have our public art for pedestrian safety featured on the cover of BmoreArt’s latest print journal. Edited by longtime Baltimore arts ally, artist, and writer Cara Ober, the “Collaboration Issue” features stories about “artists whose practice invites others in, organizations who prioritize collective action, and institutional entities willing to elevate local partners.” Thank you to critical raconteur and stalwart flâneur Michael Farley for writing the piece on our work: “GO PLAY IN TRAFFIC: Graham Projects Reimagines More Joyous Streets”.

Bravo to the entire BmoreArt team for producing such a gorgeous publication and hosting an amazing release party at the marvelous George Peabody Library. Props to the BmoreArt Publication Designer Tony Venne for the always outstanding layout. 

Special thanks to the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council for bringing us in to create our community-inspired Seasonal Turn traffic calming art at Whitelock and Brookfield.

Click here to read the article!

Click here to get your copy of the BmoreArt print journal.

BmoreArt Collaboration Graham Projects Graham, Michael, and Cara in Peabody Library
BmoreArt Collaboration Graham Projects title spread
BmoreArt Collaboration Graham Projects install team preview
BmoreArt Collaboration Graham Projects quote preview over Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk
BmoreArt Collaboration Graham Projects quote preview over Remingtopo
BmoreArt Collaboration Graham Projects spread preview featuring Allover Eyes project

Graham Projects Welcomes Isabelle to the Team

Isabelle Conover new Graham Projects Communications Specialist
Isabelle Conover new Graham Projects Communications Specialist

Graham Projects is excited to welcome artist Isabelle Conover (she/her) as our in-house Communications Specialist! Isabelle started with Graham Projects as an assistant art installer in fall of 2022, and is now leverage her numerous design and communications talents to help us Make Place Happen. She is supporting our process of community-based design by creating project outreach graphics, planning our future social media campaigns, helping with in-person engagement, and continuing to assist with installation.

We asked Isabelle a few questions about their personal mission, proudest achievements, their work at Graham Projects, and what placemaking/public art projects they’d love to work on. 

What got you interested in working with Graham Projects?

I’ve always been obsessed with painting BIG.  I loved the idea of murals, but had never seen anything like the horizontal street murals Graham Projects had been creating. I loved GP’s message of “Make Place Happen” and knew I wanted to be a part of their work. I was put in touch with Graham Coreil-Allen through a mutual friend, aided the GP team with installs in the Fall of 2022, and then was lucky enough to continue to be a part of Graham Projects beyond that!

What’s your guiding principle for everything you work on? 

Keep an open mind to other people’s situations. Everyone is going through something, whether it be big or small, so be kind and show appreciation for the little things that they do! It’ll go a long way.

Isabelle Conover work samples and quote

What’s one of your proudest achievements? 

During the pandemic, I started a small business that sold handmade tapestries with positive affirmations on it. It was something I was proud of because I was able to use my creativity to help others create an uplifting environment in a rough time.

What are you excited to do with Graham Projects? 

I am excited to see more and more GP projects pop up throughout Baltimore and even beyond the city. I think the work that Graham Projects produces brings a sense of wonder to the people who see it for the first time. Watching people see an install in the works, or a project that’s just been completed, is such a rewarding feeling.

What are some of your dream projects? Is there a concept that you’d love to execute in collaboration with Graham Projects? 

A community wide art scavenger hunt! I think it would be a cool concept to have a trail of street art installations that have clues that lead to each other throughout a certain area. The project could even include local small businesses, that way people could enjoy the art, go for a nice stroll, and find new spots around town!

Isabelle Conover art

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? 

I enjoy oil & acrylic painting, going to figure drawing sessions at a local studio, yoga, farmers markets, and going on hikes with my two dogs!

How can folks find out more about your personal creative ventures?

I can be found at @lerouxcreative on instagram & tiktok.

Druid Hill Park Canopy Crosswalk: Connecting Community & Green Space

Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk aerial view
Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk aerial view

On April 2-3, the neighborhoods northwest of Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland, got a vibrant new crosswalk, allowing residents a safer way to access one of the city’s largest parks. As the recipient of grant funding and product sponsorship, Graham Projects collaborated with the New Auchentoroly Terrace Association (ATA) and community residents to design the Druid Hill Park Canopy Crosswalk, an 800 square-foot crosswalk on Druid Hill Drive adjacent to North Fulton Avenue, and oversaw the installation of the crosswalk and sidewalk art. 

Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk install team birds eye view

In 2018, the City of Baltimore passed Complete Streets legislation, which “elevate[s] the priority of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users in planning and roadway design to increase quality of life and mobility in Baltimore City.” The Complete Streets legislation reinforced the efforts of The Access Project: Druid Hill Park, a community-driven project that began in 2016 in support of creating safer access for all residents in surrounding neighborhoods. “Complete Streets are for everyone,” stated public artist, OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow, and ATA President Graham Coreil-Allen, “including the 50% of Druid Hill Park area residents who rely on walking, taking the bus, and riding bicycles and scooters to get to work, school, and family.”

Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk Urban Oasis youth painting
Photo by Hugh Clarke
Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk neighborhood youth painting
Photo by Hugh Clarke

In addition to the Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk installation, the sidewalks leading to the crosswalk were decorated with park-inspired artwork. Using stencils and StreetBond pavement coating products, Graham Projects added the leaf designs, selected by community members based on trees found within the park. During the Community Paint Day events on April 2 and 3, residents of all ages painted the 107 leaves lining the sidewalks in shades of blue, brown, yellow, salmon, and fuchsia, with guidance from the Graham Projects team. Additionally, ATA recruited youth from The Urban Oasis, a local nonprofit, to paint the sidewalk artwork in exchange for fair wages.  

Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk GMCC President Adeline Hutchinson and Graham Coreil-Allen
Photo by Hugh Clarke
Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk Mayor Scott and Ms. Sunni painting
Photo by Hugh Clarke

Local dignitaries and community leaders attended the April 2 events, including Mayor Brandon Scott, Maryland State Senator Antonio Hayes, Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council President Adeline Hutchinson, and ATA Vice President Cheryl Bailey Solomon. “I’ve always lived within 2-3 miles of Druid Hill Park,” said Ms. Bailey Solomon. “We are seeing the park transition to become a playground for a diverse group, and this crosswalk will be in a significant spot. Anything we can do to make that area safer is important for our community.” Senator Hayes shared his memories of growing up nearby and how difficult it could be to get to Druid Hill Park. “The work that’s being done to create safe access to one of the largest urban parks in the nation is a big deal,” he said. 

Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk youth workers peeling tape
Photo by Melvin Jadulang
Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk group photo of community leaders and sponsor
Photo by Hugh Clarke

The Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk was funded through the generous support of the ​Greater Rosemont Mondawmin (GRM) Neighborhood Spruce-Up Grant, administered by Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc. and distributed via The Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative (BRNI), part of the State of Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development. A neighborhood grant from the Baltimore Community Foundation also contributed to the project. If you would like to collaborate with Graham Projects on creating safer streets and walkways in your neighborhood, connect with us here! Contact:

Article written by Corinne Litchfield.

For more photos and information, visit the Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk project page:

Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk birds eye view of Fulton Ave corner

NATCO 2021 Pandemic Grant Report is Out and Baltimore Lake2Lake is In!

Lake2Lake Rayobello action shot of resident jogging
Lake2Lake Rayobello action shot of resident jogging

In 2021, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) was awarded a $50,000 Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery Grant to help adapt streets in service of communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).

Graham Projects was an integral part of the BCDOT Lake 2 Lake Project application alongside fellow community partners Bikemore and Black People Ride Bikes. The grant funded community engagement activities for traffic calming, mobile bike shop pop-ups, group bike rides, and the pavement art installation at 33rd Street and Hillen Road.

This project leveraged existing BCDOT plans for traffic calming at the main intersection gateway to Lake Montebello at 33rd Street and Hillen Road as well as maintenance and repairs to The Big Jump shared-use path leading to Druid Hill Park. Graham Projects provided project branding design, facilitated community engagement, and solicited community-based design inspiration through COVID-19-safe pop-up drawing events and via COLORoW, our custom online public art drawing tool. Based on the public conversations and drawings submitted by residents, Graham Projects developed design proposals that over 500 residents voted on in selecting the final work of traffic calming public art.

Community partner organizations, Bikemore and Black People Ride hosted a community event in November 2021 celebrating the project and unveiling the traffic calming plan by BCDOT and the community inspired pavement art design by Graham Projects named Rayobello. Local residents inspired the design by sharing their cherished experiences witnessing colorful sunrises and sunsets as seen from the lake.

Learn how the community inspired Rayobello:

Lake 2 Lake Project Case Study

Learn about grant that supported Lake 2 Lake:

NACTO Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery Grant

NACTO Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery 2021 Grant Report

Lake2Lake Rayobello birds-eye view park entrance

New Hires at Graham Projects!

Graham Projects is Growing featuring Melvin Jadulang and Zoe Roane-Hopkins
Graham Projects is Growing featuring Melvin Jadulang and Zoe Roane-Hopkins

By Corinne Litchfield 

Graham Projects is growing rapidly – and thanks to two new hires, we will be serving even more communities in making place happen.  

Melvin Jadulang (he/him) is the Director of Operations and Engagement for Graham Projects. Melvin has worked in organizational management for advocacy groups and nonprofits, and has a background in real estate and entrepreneurship. Born and raised in Hawaii, Melvin relocated to Baltimore when his husband, Randall, got assigned to Fort Meade.  

Zoe Roane-Hopkins (she/her) is an Associate Placemaker and Project Designer who works closely with Graham on design development and proposals. Zoe studied landscape architecture at Penn State, then received her MA in Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art & Design. 

We asked them a few questions about their personal mission, proudest achievements, their work at Graham Projects, and what placemaking/public art projects they’d love to work on. 

What’s your guiding principle for everything you work on? 

Melvin: Meet people where they are at and allow them to be heard. Make sure they know they are valued, and that happens when you follow through: let people know what’s going on with a project and  how they can help. 

Zoe: Be kind to people and be kind to the earth. I do very thoughtful design and I like to listen – listening to people, the planet, and translate it into something that’s colorful, dynamic and interesting. I like to shift perspective through all my designs. 

What’s one of your proudest achievements? 

Melvin: In 2019, I worked with my East Baltimore Midway neighborhood to convert four vacant lots into a community green space. The Boone Street Commons has different elements to engage the community: garden, park, and a picnic area/event space. 

Boone Street Commons Aerial
Located in East Baltimore, Boone Street Commons is a community green space that includes a garden, park, and event/picnic area. The project was funded by a Spruce Up Grant from Central Baltimore Partnership.
Kids walking into Boone Street Commons
Local youth walking into Boone Street Commons. Photo by Side A Photography

Zoe: Winning an award for my Space Frame design in the Design for Distancing competition last year. A friend told me to submit – I pulled my design together in two days and submitted right at the deadline. After my design was posted on Instagram, local landscape architecture firm EnviroCollab reached out to me about installing the Space Frame at a BelAir-Edison neighborhood event.   

SpaceFrame exploded diagram
The SpaceFrame design by Zoe Roane-Hopkins is a modular structure that can be fitted for use as a takeout counter, retail display area, or countertop seating. The concept encourages interaction while incorporating safe social distancing. 
SpaceFrames setup along Belair Road in Belair-Edison neighborhood as part of EnviroCollab’s Design for Distancing project.

What will you be doing with Graham Projects? 

Zoe: I split my time between EnviroCollab and Graham Projects, so every day is a little different. I recently submitted a design proposal for pavement art, and at our Pigtown pop-up event, I connected with community members on traffic calming and bumpout pavement art. I created coloring pages for people to use to give us their ideas. The community was enthusiastic – I liked talking with them and listening to their ideas. 

Melvin: As the director of operations and engagement, I facilitate the processes, whether it’s with the community that’s invited us, or the actual project from start to finish. Part of my role involves keeping us true to the Graham Projects philosophy of making place happen and making sure the community is represented in the work we’re doing with them.  

What are some of your dream projects? Is there a concept that you’d love to execute in collaboration with Graham Projects? 

Melvin: I want to create opportunities so that a neighborhood can experience high quality placemaking and public art on any budget. We’re shifting the narrative to say that placemaking & public art can exist anywhere, and that means making it accessible for all. I’m also interested in developing a kit or service for neighborhoods that encourages and supports engagement in the placemaking process. 

Zoe: I’d love to do a cross collaboration between EnviroCollab and Graham Projects that pulls together street art and landscaping architecture components. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? 

Zoe: I play ukulele, guitar, and piano – I like to write songs & make animations to accompany them. I’m trying to learn the banjo, too. I also enjoy hiking and camping, and once the weather cools down I’ll go backpacking with my boyfriend. I really like to cook and currently I’m working through recipes in a dim sum cookbook I got for Christmas. 

Melvin: I like taking bike rides through Baltimore. Finding cool new restaurants and cafes and visiting breweries & pubs are also fun. I like building furniture, like a bench or table. And of course gardening! 

If you would like to collaborate with Graham Projects on improving a public space in your neighborhood, connect with us here!

2020 Challenges & Innovations

Curbside Commons Harford & Rosekemp Midblock Crosswalk
Curbside Commons Harford & Rosekemp Midblock Crosswalk

2020 proved to be an unprecedented year of challenges and innovations for Graham Projects. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic several of our public art and civic engagement projects were either cancelled or significantly delayed. Remaining projects were significantly slowed by the need to take precautionary measures in conducting community engagement and installation of our works. From these challenges arose new opportunities for remote creative collaboration and physically distancing activations of public space. We are proud and appreciative of having so many amazing partners who continue to help us improve cities through public art and civic engagement. Below are a few highlights of our work this year and the folks who made it all possible.

Make Place Happen COLORoW drawing sample

In May we responded to the limitations of in-person engagement posed by the COVID-19 pandemic by collaborating with Tobey Albright and Mollie Edgar of Hour Studio to create the online placemaking toolkit, Make Place Happen. The Make Place Happen website offers resources for “Do-it-Yourself Urbanism” and/or participating with Graham Projects’ current placemaking efforts. The most exciting feature is COLORoW, a coloring book-like web app for drawing your own artistic crosswalk or pavement mural. 

Design for Distancing Curblet Commons perspective

Also in May, we responded to Neighborhood Design Center’s “Design for Distancing” call for ideas to help businesses along Baltimore’s main streets safely reopen using spatial distancing outdoor public space enhancements. The Graham Projects Curblet Commons design kit transforms an on-street parking lane into an accessible, safe, and inviting pedestrian space including creative ADA curb ramps, modular barriers, and physical distancing stencils. Out of over 160 submissions, the Curblet Commons open source accessibility designs were one of ten selected for the Design For Distancing Guidebook. This free guidebook provides COVID-19 safe placemaking inspiration for businesses, cities, and people worldwide on how to safely reopen and improve their own public spaces. Click here to download the free Design for Distancing Guidebook.

Curbside Commons First Friday evening gathering

Soon after seeing our designs accepted into the Design for Distancing guidebook, we partnered with Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street, Property Consulting, Inc., LANNINGSMITH, and Annie Howe Papercuts to secure a large design-build commission transforming three blocks of Harford Road into a place for safe pedestrian gathering and neighborhood shopping. Our Curbside Commons Design for Distancing project converted a parking lane into a public space for community, shopping, services, and culinary encounters along Hamilton-Lauraville’s main street, Harford Road. Design for Distancing is a tactical urban design initiative of the Baltimore Development Corporation and Neighborhood Design Center intended to help small businesses in Baltimore reopen without compromising public health. We met with the adjacent small businesses to understand their needs to stay open while maintaining physical distancing and other COVID-19 precautions. In response we delivered outdoor seating, distancing markers, event space, pedestrian and wheelchair accessibility, public art, signage, bicycle parking, and artful wayfinding.

Collington Square Oak Wisdom crosswalks aerial

After a marathon of fall install, we managed to find a few more warm enough days to fit in one last exciting project – the Oak Wisdom art crosswalks in Colling Square. During pre-COVID community engagement, we learned that the Collington Square community of East Baltimore holds a 200+ year old Swamp White Oak tree as its symbol. Working with resident input, we designed the “Oak Wisdom” traffic calming art crosswalks and Collington Square Neighborhood Association street pole banners are inspired by looking up through those sanctuary leaves. The street pole banners elevate neighborhood identity by showcasing a positive symbol for the area – the beloved centuries-old tree that stands magnificently atop the hill in their local park. The art crosswalks and “bump outs” provide a welcome gateway to Collington Square while slowing down aggressive car traffic, improving street-crossing safety for its residents who rely on walking to get to school and work.

99 Percent Invisible City Book

99 Percent Invisible City Book
99 Percent Invisible City Book

I’m excited to share that my New Public Sites project has once again been featured by the producers of hit radio show 99 Percent Invisible. Back in 2012 99pi senior producer Sam Greenspan and host Roman Mars featured this work in episode #60, Names vs The Nothing. Eight years later I’m honored to have our New Public Ideas featured in The 99 Percent Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design. If you’ve enjoyed New Public Sites concepts, walks, videos, and installations, then you will love this collection of stories and illustrations about the invisible design behind cities. You will find New Public Sites featured on pages 278-279, under “Accessible Voids: Nameless Places”. Roman Mars writes that the, “swirling spaces trapped between highways might never be parks or places for civic rallies, but perhaps they have some uses yet to be imagined by someone who sees them as something more than interstitial voids.” Order your copy through a local bookstore today! There are also a limited number of signed copies in stock at Barnes & Noble as well as participating local bookstores!

– Graham

Design for Distancing Curblet Commons

Graham Projects Curblet Commons
Graham Projects Curblet Commons

Graham Projects is excited to announce that out of over 160 submissions, we are one of ten teams selected by the Neighborhood Design Center to contribute work to the forthcoming Design For Distancing Guidebook. The free Guidebook will provide COVID-19 safe placemaking inspiration for businesses, cities, and people worldwide on how to safely reopen and improve their own public spaces. Our Curblet Commons design kit transforms an on-street parking lane into an accessible, safe, and inviting pedestrian space.

Click here to download the free Design for Distancing Guidebook.

These concepts will be built in Baltimore and shared with others around the world to borrow from in order to create their own practical solutions.

~Jennifer Goold, Executive Director of the Baltimore Neighborhood Design Center

Curblet Commons converts a parking lane into a public space for community, shopping, services, and culinary encounters.

Graham Projects Curblet Commons Rampin' Over ADA Ramp

The Rampin’ Over ADA curb ramps provide adjustable height mobility access midblock.

Graham Projects Curblet Commons Wingin' It Partition

The Wingin’ It hinged partitions may be set at different angles to appropriately frame spatial distance. Precast planters anchor the separators, provide beautification, and serve as protective barriers for curb-lyfe enthusiasts.

Graham Projects Curblet Commons Gridn' Safe Stencils

From the Gridn’ Safe modular stencils participants take visual and tactile cues for maintaining their publicly healthy personal space. The customizable footprints and 6’ by 6’ grid system are applied using spray paint and epoxy paint enhanced with pea gravel to be foot-felt by those visually impaired.

City-installed traffic bump-outs define the space with line striping, flex-posts, and bike racks. Artful, high-contrast painted designs visually unifying the Curblet Commons while demarking the former site of publicly subsidized car storage as a premiere safe space for pedestrian conviviality and commerce.