Rewrite the Year
One headline at a time
Interactive community board
In 2014, South Lake Union in Seattle WA was one of the fastest growing neighbourhoods in the US. Changing at such a pace, a community barely has time to shape itself.
How can a community bank talk to a community that’s not yet a community? Conversation Wall is an invitation for people to share what matters to them. After all, conversations can shape our economy.
Temporary Installation — 2014
Through the bank window, an illuminated sign invites passersby to fill-in-the-blanks by texting with their phone. Every submission is then displayed on the wall in real-time. Categories for submissions help frame a relevant conversation, keeping topics centred around the area where everyday life and banking overlap, such as growing, finding balance, thinking ahead, making connections.
In the bank, the conversation goes low-tech with postcards for staff to get input when meeting people around the neighbourhood, or as a thoughtful moment to end a tour of the new bank space. The visitors’ handwritten messages are then displayed on a wall inside the bank.
Over the course of the 2 month long installation, we gathered all of the submissions to curate a series of events based on community interest.