Across February and March, Gap Filler hit the road in the North Island. Co-founder Ryan Reynolds gave talks, met with local community groups and Councils, and ran workshops in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Patea, Opunake, Auckland, Gisborne and Napier. Many towns around NZ are showing an interest in ‘placemaking’, creating better public places and civic amenities by involving the community in the process more.

We run workshops to inspire, motivate and excite people to give things a go. During the ‘tour’ participants learned about Gap Filler’s practice and how we’re involved in urban transformation strategies with community, government and private sector partners. Ryan shared the lessons and experience of Gap Filler maturing from a creative and grassroots disaster response initiative, into an established and thriving organisation working on large-scale and long-term city-making projects.

Working through scenarios, participants were able to gain an in-depth understanding of Gap Filler’s approach and methods for urban problem solving, and explored ways that small-scale, temporary ‘organic’ projects can fit within wider planning frameworks. Such workshops equip participants with practical and strategic approaches that they can bring to their own urban and community challenges.

If you want to know more or have Gap Filler visit you sometime, email ryan@gapfiller.org.nz