Design For Diversity


Most urban planners and city leaders agree that diversity is key to creating healthy, inclusive  communities. Of course this rarely translates to the day-to-day life, especially when it comes to welcoming newcomers. Many cities struggle to absorb new people and in some cases, social tensions arise.

Here at OpenCity, we’ve spent the last seven years finding ways to create more inclusive public spaces. More places where locals and newbies get along. Today, we’re excited to share what we’ve learned and hope that we can inspire more cities to be their best for everyone.

See what we learned.

Meet the Team 

Wendy Gold, Anji Solanki, Niki Angelis, Danny Brown, Jordy Gold, Christie Yuen, Michi McClosky

Thanks to our project advisors:

  • •Adrianna Beemans, Director, Metcalf Foundation
  • •Craig Cal, Associate Planner, Urban Strategies
  • •Mark Guslits, Faculty Member, Institute without Boundaries
  • •Eric Meerkamper, Former Chair, Centre for Social Innovation
  • •Christian Pagh, Co-Founder/Strategic Director, Urgent.Agency Copenhagen
  • •Brad Scott, Founder, Managing Director, Applied Design Works New York
  • •Erin Shapero, Sustainable City Builder & Former Markham City Councillor (2000-2010)
  • •Jake Tobin-Garrett, Policy and Research Manager , Park People