"desigNYC" Exhibition

Pratt Manhattan Gallery

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desigNYC, a collective committed to improving life in NYC through the power of good design, celebrates its first 12 projects with the opening of a new exhibition that enables the public to see for the first time the impact the collaborations are having in transforming the city.

desigNYC aims to improve the lives of New Yorkers by connecting nonprofits, community groups and city agencies serving the public good with passionate, professional pro bono designers. Earlier this year, desigNYC connected 12 extraordinary organizations with more than 20 talented design professionals who are leaders in the fields of architectural, landscape, interior, lighting and communications design.

Now nearing completion, the first desigNYC collaborations are creating solutions affecting a range of social and environmental issues impacting the city, including affordable housing, sustainable development, social justice, health, green space, urban farming, local food systems, youth leadership, and more. The desigNYC community is growing rapidly and the organization plans to issue a call to nonprofits and design partners for the next round of projects in September 2010.

The exhibition will showcase all 12 of desigNYC project collaborations.

Added Value + TODA
Growing visitors to Governor’s Island farm

Bed-Stuy Farm Share + Darhil Crooks
Improving health through locally grown food

Broadway Mall + Joel Sanders, Balmori Associates, Domingo Gonzalez
Master plan for 100-block ecological corridor

Bronx River Alliance + Felix Sockwell and Tom Vasquez
Engaging identity and event icons

Enterprise Community Partners / FBHC + Robin Key Landscape Architecture
Intergenerational garden at Serviam Gardens

Enterprise Community Partners / CAMBA + Sohbr Studio
Community spaces at Anna Gonzalez Apartments

Enterprise Community Partners / Palladia, Inc. + Andre Kikoski Architect
Children’s play room for domestic violence survivors

Envirolution + M&E Engineers and Jeffrey Garofalo
Sustainability teaching tools

GreenHomeNYC + Hot Studio
Website for The New New York Green Street Festival

LES Ecology Center + Andrew Berman Architect
Green renovation of the Fireboat House

NYCHA + Rooster Design Group
Green guide to low-carbon living

Nostrand Park + WireMedia
Community-building website for Crown Heights

About desigNYC
desigNYC’s mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers by connecting nonprofits, community groups and city agencies serving the public good with passionate, professional pro bono designers. The collective was inspired by President Obama's and Mayor Bloomberg's service initiatives and as well as by groups doing great work in New York City and beyond. desigNYC is guided by its founding committee comprised of influential designers and design advocates including interactive design pioneer Edwin Schlossberg; New York Magazine design editor Wendy Goodman; design author, educator and historian Steven Heller; MoMA design curator Paola Antonelli; architects James Biber from Pentagram, Maddy Burke-Vigeland from Gensler, Deborah Berke from Deborah Berke & Partners Architects and Zack McKown from Tsao & McKown; landscape architect Margie Ruddick; interior designer Sara Bengur; AIGA’s Gabriela Mirensky; sustainability consultant Lauren Yarmuth; and marketing and event guru Karen Auster. desigNYC is currently being incubated at ESI Design, the leading experience design consultancy founded by Ed Schlossberg. The acting director is Michelle Mullineaux, a design for sustainability and social impact advocate.



from June 18, 2010 to July 31, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-06-17 from 18:00 to 20:00

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