Parsons students worked with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Partnership for Parks, and the Hester Street Collaborative to devise means of actively engaging communities in the design and programming of public spaces.
Students conducted research in the offices of all three partner organizations as well as on site on the Lower East Side (LES). Student work and presentations were conducted in Parsons’ studios.
To determine some methods and processes that would enable the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to gather information from community members, share it with colleagues, and secure agreement from all parties about proposed designs for public spaces.
The Parsons faculty divided the students into three teams so as to address the issues from different perspectives.
One group of students developed a design solution that used a website to facilitate communication between community members and the city’s providers of design services. LES residents would be able to post pictures of features they had seen and liked in other communities with suggestions for how these could be incorporated into the LES. City designers and service providers could then review the community's entries in order to approach each community with a sense of the residents’ wishes.
Students from the M.Arch, BBA Design and Management, BS Environmental Studies, and BFA Integrated Design programs.