desigNYC Presents Recharging Communities
Sunday, May 20, 2012, 4:30-7:00 pm
Terminal Stores – 28th Street and 11th Avenue
Wendy Goodman, Design Editor, New York Magazine to Keynote
Laetitia Wolff, desigNYC, Moderator
New York, NY—May 9, 2012– desigNYC (www.designyc.org), announces desigNYC: Recharging Communities, a pecha kucha-style presentation of some of the organization’s 2012 collaborative projects, followed by a brief panel discussion with “agents provocateurs” from the desigNYC community on Sunday, May 20th at the WantedDesign Fair.
desigNYC is a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers through the power of design. The organization connects nonprofits who serve the public good with civic-minded design professionals who share their expertise on a pro bono basis. We provide tactical support that enables the collaborations to flourish, including training workshops, guidelines, legal templates, ongoing advisor interaction, and marketing support through events, public programs, as well as videos, PR and social media.
“We are excited to discuss desigNYC’s diverse and challenging projects to a broader design community at the Wanted Design Fair. Our event celebrates another kind of design altogether, one that is concerned with social innovation and doesn’t typically make it to furniture fairs,” says Laetitia Wolff, executive director of desigNYC.
The program begins at 4:30 pm with a keynote address given by Wendy Goodman, design editor of New York magazine and DesigNYC board member, followed by a presentation of this year’s program given by Wolff, and lastly, specific topics will be presented and discussed by four desigNYC collaborative teams as follows:
ON THE FRINGE
Mollie Ruskin, Designer, Reboot with Fiona Mason, Program Director, Safe Horizon
Agent provocateur: Michael DelGaudio, Creative Director, frogdesign
Safe Horizon is a victim assistance agency that provides support, prevents violence, and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse, and sex and labor trafficking. Their Anti-Traffic Program was paired with Reboot to create outreach materials based upon the testimonies of survivors, as well as training materials for member-led, community-based organizations.
Moorhead & Moorhead, Principals with Perryne Lokhandwala, Director, PlayHarvest
Agent provocateur: Leslie Boden, independent Food Systems Planner
In partnership with community groups and public schools PlayHarvest builds kinetically-powered sculptures, meant to activate urban agricultural spaces, encourage outdoor play, and spur an interest in local food cultivation and preparation. Moorhead & Moorhead is working with them to develop play pieces for the Brooklyn New School’s outdoor science lab and garden space.
Adam Rolston, Principal, Incorporated Architecture+Design with Henrietta Koffi,
Deputy Director, SNAP Fort Greene
Agent provocateur: Zack McKown, Principal, Tsao & McKown Architects
As a family resource and computer literacy center, Fort Greene Strategic Neighborhood Action (SNAP) offers community programs that teach civic organizing, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and job skills. Incorporated is collaborating with them on the redesign of their learning spaces to more efficiently accommodate a growing number of participants and staff.
Karine Duteil, Partner, Kan Landscape Design with Hans Hesselein, Director of Special Projects, Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Agent provocateur:Bob Balder, Executive Director, AAP NYC, Cornell University
The conservancy’s mission is to steward the preservation, restoration, and green development of the canal and its environs. Kan Landscape is working with the Conservancy to bolster the community’s green infrastructure in the form of a “sponge” park that can capture and treat storm water runoff from the surrounding streets, while also providing public space to be enjoyed by the community.
6:00 PM: Raffle for a CMYK Folding Electric Bike by BROOKLYNESS Urban Cycles, courtesy of designer Emmanuel Saez
6:05-7:00 PM: Cocktails – Chardonnay, Beer (lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery) + Vintage Plantations Chocolates will be served.
desigNYC is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers through the power of design by connecting nonprofits working for the public good with talented designers and architects. Grassroots in nature, desigNYC is a platform that sets up a collaborative design process to recharge communities and increase social capital. Our focus is local. Our approach is multi-disciplinary. Our process is participatory and community-centric. www.designyc.org
WantedDesign is an international design event in NYC that takes place May 18- 21, 2012. It is a creative platform that brings together international designers, architects, interior designers, craftsmen, editors, manufacturers, curators and communication specialists to showcase, discuss and share exciting, inspiring and innovative design, and initiate new projects and new collaborations. The first WantedDesign was held in New York City in 2011. Tickets available at FAB.com
About New York Media
New York Media is the parent company of the ground-breaking weekly New York Magazine, the up-to-the-minute news and service website nymag.com, the Grub Street network of food blogs, the entertainment and culture news site Vulture, and the twice-yearly New York Weddings magazine. New York Design Hunting, the new stand-alone home design magazine, launched in May.
The CMYK Folding Electric Bike by Brooklyness Urban Cycles is the perfect complement to public/personal transportation. Fold down handlebars and seat to carry it on-board. www.brooklyness.com