Playbuild NOLAPlayBuild NOLA is a start-up initiative working to transform underutilized outdoor urban spaces in New Orleans into exciting, kid-friendly environments for play and learning. To do this, they will launch their own Uni, add a kit of Imagination Playground blocks, and combine these elements with a robust, staff-led program focused on design education with the goal of stimulating “curiosity, enthusiasm, and an interest in exploring careers in the design disciplines” among underserved youth.

To help them get started, we’ve loaned them four Uni cubes—which they’ve filled with books—and a Uni bench. The PlayBuild NOLA team is now busy taking this little “Uni” around New Orleans along with a borrowed kit of IP blocks, to demonstrate their idea and premiere their programming. They’ve already popped up twice at the OCH Art Market, and once at the the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in Central City in February. Their target launch is in late Spring 2013. Follow their progress and learn more here.

About our “new” name… Street Lab.

Street Lab began in Boston in 2006. In 2011, we moved the organization to NYC and launched the Uni Project, which was a portable reading room that roamed the city. In 2020, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.