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An epidemic of loneliness is sweeping the country. But we believe that through beautiful and thoughtful design, we can create a more connected community.

We need your help in doing so.

Creating Connections is an open invitation to designers, artists, architects, and innovators to explore the profound impact of design on how people connect with others, the universe, and themselves in today's world. The competition aims to heal, unite, and inspire sustainability, inclusivity, and human and spiritual connection, and builds from the Jewish imperatives to improve our global community and honor the interconnectedness of all people and the planet.

Your challenge is to create a public infrastructure piece that reimagines public spaces as catalysts for creating moments of connection, empathy, and shared experiences.

Your creation should be a testament to the idea that design can not only be pragmatic but also bridge divides, foster unity, and promote a deeper sense of connection with the world around us–and it should align with Better Block’s Wikiblock philosophy that anyone, anywhere can create beautiful and meaningful design. 


Join us in this competition to create a piece that helps reshape public spaces into beacons of connection and understanding. Let's use the language of design to bridge gaps, foster empathy, and celebrate the beauty of our shared humanity. Together, we can create spaces that inspire modern-day manifestations of spirituality through connection, compassion, and our shared humanity.

Are you intrigued by the competition but still have questions after reviewing the brief? Watch our previous info session for any questions, queries, or further insight about the design competition. 



A temporary demonstration is headed to Thanks-Giving Square this summer and we want to

hear from you! Share your ideas

and input by March 11, 2024



Interested, reviewed the competition brief, but still have questions? Attend one of our upcoming info sessions to talk with us, ask questions, and learn more.



For all the details on the design competition specs, take a look at the competitors' brief.



Meet the folks working with

you to bring this initiative to life.

About Creating Connections: A Design Competition

In 2022, Common Era and the design research team at Humancraft worked together to build a series of experiments around contemporary interpretations of spirituality. By exploring modern day manifestations of spirituality in public spaces, the team learned more about how people perceive, experience, and seek out spirituality today. 

In the following video, you'll see the results of those experiments.


When the folks at Common Era told us about the project, we at the Better Block were inspired by the concept of taking Spirituality into the Streets—especially one of the key findings, which was to allow for public serendipity.


It got us thinking: what if we challenged creators to take this concept and create a public utility piece, and thus, Creating Connections was born.


We're excited to see where it goes. We know loneliness is something many of our neighbors are facing. We're hoping that through this design competition, we can chip away at that feeling of isolation, and create a more connected world.

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