desigNYC Reveals 2011 Design and Nonprofit Pro Bono Collaborations

New York, NY—January 21, 2011—Today, desigNYC is pleased to announce our amazing new group of 2011 design and nonprofit collaborations, which include a financial rights guide for immigrants, greenhouse development on unused lots in East Brooklyn, a website that will act as a communication network and resource hub for the NYC educational community on sustainability issues, a communications framework for a new urban and industrial ecology center in Gowanus, a new design for a community boathouse in Red Hook, and more!

desigNYC enables, connects and advocates solutions that can accelerate the impact of great people doing great work in NYC. Submissions were accepted from both the NYC nonprofit community and design communities during October-November. The 2011 panel of expert judges then selected the top projects and matched nonprofit needs with design firm skills.

The new 2011 project collaborations are:

Educating Tomorrow
Matched with communication designers, Language Dept., and developers, Rubenstein Technology Group, to create an identity and website that will act as a network and resource hub for the NYC educational community on sustainability issues.

Greenhouse Project: NY Sun Works & Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
Matched with Abruzzo-Bodziak Architects to provide schematic design for nine greenhouses on unused lots in Cypress Hills East Brooklyn that will provide access to innovative scientific and agricultural education, and on-site job training in urban agriculture, hydroponic, and greenhouse construction. Communication designer Claire Taylor Hansen will assist with fundraising materials.

Green Map System
Matched with Otto NY to redesign the flagship website, Green Apple Map, for this internationally renowned organization that marshals user-contributed mapping of local green resources.

Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation
Matched with communication designers Fogelson-Lubliner to produce an identity and communications framework for a new urban and industrial ecology center (UIEC).

Matched with Publicis Design to create an integrated brand identity and style guide that will help ioby engage more donors and volunteers in local environmental projects.

Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project
Matched with communications designer Rodrigo Corral to design a multi-language Financial Rights Guide for new immigrants in NYC.

Nostrand Park
Matched with Vamos Architects to create a concept design for “Destination Nostrand,” a community-oriented, Caribbean inspired, pop-up plaza that provides arts, dining and entertainment along a historic corridor in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

PortSide NewYork
Matched with architects 590BC and Studio L’Image, to create architectural enhancements and interpretive experiences for their boathouse/community center in Red Hook’s waterfront park.

Public Allies + Bronx Community Pride Center
Matched with Fink & Platt Architects to create interior enhancements at the Bronx Community Pride Center that will provide a healthy space for the youth leaders to engage the community.

Thank you all for your thoughtful submissions and kind contributions! Stay tuned to hear more about these wonderful projects!

About desigNYC:
desigNYC’s mission is to amplify the work of NYC nonprofits serving the public good by connecting them with talented, pro bono designers. Our focus is local. Our approach is multi-disciplinary. Our process is participatory and community-centric. desigNYC projects focus on themes of well-being and sustainable communities—creating solutions affecting a range of social and environmental issues impacting the city, including sustainable development, social justice, human health, local food systems, youth leadership and more.

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