leimert-phone-collage1You can find us on Twitter @LeimertPhoneCo and on Facebook here.

Our participatory design collaborative aims to re-invent the payphone (and other urban objects) as a portal to local culture, local history, and to build community.

We formed in 2013 to redesign a phonebooth in the historic African American neighborhood of Leimert Park. Based in Los Angeles with collaborators worldwide, we have 10+ core members, including hardware hackers, storytellers and game designers; we are a mix of Leimert Park community members and University faculty and students.


Direction and Facilitation

  • KAOS Network: Ben Caldwell (and from LA Rebellion)
  • University Partners: François Bar (USC Annenberg), Benjamin Stokes (American University), Karl Baumann (USC Cinematic Arts)

Fabrication Leads

  • Andrew Schrock
  • Wesley Groves
  • Rudy Rude

Team and Participantsphone-in-pieces1

  • Alex Leavitt
  • Charmaine Asril Lee
  • Chi Zhang
  • Chris Swiatek
  • Drew Roos
  • Dominique Ulloa
  • Eddie North-Hager
  • Emily Molina
  • Eleanor Wright
  • George Carstocea
  • Janet E. Dandridge
  • John Wall
  • Kara Andrade
  • Kevin Driscoll
  • Lana Swartz
  • Leila Dougan
  • Lena Uszkoreit
  • Marcia Allison
  • Marie Sullivan
  • Melissa Loudon
  • Meryl Alper
  • Minkah Smith
  • Nicholas Busalacchi
  • Nicolas Kendall-Bar
  • Patrice Fisher
  • Paul Cheatham
  • R. Taj Frazier
  • Rook Campbell
  • Sabelo Mhlambi
  • Samantha Close
  • Sasha Anawalt
  • Substance
  • Tim Huang
  • Uhura
  • Wo’se KOfi

Special Thanks