Description | This thesis seeks to answer the question: How can urban practitioners meet the needs of cultural groups [multiple publics] and progress beyond the coexistence of difference [multiculturalism] into the cohabitation of difference through coproduction [interculturalism]?
“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” - bell hooks
Pier to Pier Lab | SPRING 2014
Field Researcher | Design Collaborator | Website Designer
The Pier to Pier Lab is a transdisciplinary urbanism design project focused on the Guarapiranga Reservoir (São Paulo, Brasil). This experimental lab brings together the students from The School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (FAU USP – São Paulo, Brasil) and the Theories of Urban Practice masters program at Parsons The New School for Design (New York, USA). Two professors and twelve students came together for two weeks to conduct field research, brainstorm ideas, and produce design solutions to address urban issues around the reservoir.
With a focus on informal urbanism, the students researched ways to bring communities together using the underutilized water reservoir. Students imaged the reservoir as more than water infrastructure but as a public space for its economically diverse community. This lab goes beyond the traditional designer-to-client relationship, to designing directly for the community of São Paulo and Guarapiranga.
Description | On September 22 2013, The Far Rockaway Walking group began their first journey. The group consisted of Matt, Xavier, Maryam and I. We began on journey at the Beach 67 Subway stop on the A line. During our 2-hour walk, we simply observed the neighborhood. We decided that our first walk should consist of only observations. Going to the site without focusing on objectives, allowed us to have an open view of the neighborhood. Figure1: walking route and calculated time.
Researcher | Design Collaborator | Communications Lead
Description | In collaboration with NYC transportation advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, Urban Practice students participated in lectures, discussions, research, and advocacy focusing on street life on University Place, 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue between 14th Street and Washington Square North.
Field Researcher | Design Collaborator | Transportation Design Lead
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Description | Landscape Urbanism: Back from Planning to Planting Studio. This Water Transportation system is an ecological alternative to the road. This system Improving accessibility for all inhabitants and eases water traffic congestion. This transportation system will stimulate economic development through job creation.
COGNITIVE MAPPING | FALL 2012
Researcher | Design Collaborator
Union Sqaure, NY