Placemaking Shoebox

A multipurpose creative and cultural center that is accessible, adaptable, and designed to evolve and fit the need of underrepresented cities across the country.

Inspired by the year each city incorporated, this all-in-one community keepsake leverages customizable online and offline opportunities with a flexible format and interchangeable parts.


1888 Center, our first Placemaking Shoebox, is a bookstore, gallery, workshop and café serving Contra Coffee & Tea...

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Interested in opening a Placemaking Shoebox in your neighborhood? Need help expanding your business with creative a...

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Building a business should be as easy as building a table. There are two simple questions: Why do you need a table?...

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