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The Mmofra Foundation is a Ghana-based nonprofit organization that works to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of children. In one project, they have worked to transform a two-acre plot of underutilized green space in Accra’s Dzorwulu neighborhood into a place centered on children’s enjoyment and play. The project, called Mmofra Place (Mmofra means “children” in Akan) was inspired by a 1960 book and photo essay called Playtime in Africa, by Efua T. Sutherland and Willis Bell, which contains compelling photographs of the many imaginative children's games across Ghana. The Mmofra Foundation wanted to design a place that nurtured the kind of joy represented in the Playtime in Africa series, while also addressing Accra's rapid urbanization, its large population of young people, and the lack of safe public spaces for children.
To do this, they partnered with an international network of architects, planners, engineers , educators, artists, as well as local experts, community leaders, and teenagers. They hosted public meetings and charrettes to develop a vision, site plan, and range of strategies for revamping the space. Throughout the process, Mmofra maintained a commitment to sustainable design practices, such as sourcing local materials and building a compostable toilet. The ultimate plan is for Mmofra Place to include a community garden, performance space, library, and mutiple green spaces. With a phased development strategy, some early improvements have already taken place. The community has helped create a modular play area, public art, vegetable plots and programming. With these LQC changes, children have already begun flocking to Mmofra Place.
*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.
On April 22nd, Milwaukee was announced as one of the six 2015 Heart of the Community cities. Over the next six months, the local project team and PPS used “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” (LQC) Placemaking principles to ensure that the The Spot 4MKE continued to be a collaborative, inclusive, and community-led project.