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#OurSpace

Client: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington Design Team: Principal: Kristine Matthews / Project Lead: Ian Campbell / Designer: Jazmine Hoyle / Collaborators: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center's Youth Ambassadors program and Storytellers for Change Photos: Tony Archie Kim / ALT240, Ian Campbell, Storytellers for Change

#OurSpace was an invitation to share a moment of connection, empathy, and belonging with a total stranger. At this installation for the Seattle Design Festival’s Block Party, participants were encouraged to meet a new person, pick a story prompt, have a conversation, take a polaroid to commemorate the moment, and share the picture on the #OurSpace walls. At the end of the day, the displays were filled with photos of people who met as strangers and walked away knowing a bit more about each other. We loved working with the Gates Foundation Youth Ambassadors on this project; they worked on design ideas with the Studio Matthews team, prototyped the concept, and helped to install the pop-up with us at the Festival.