Project 1- Research, Data, Precedents and Prototypes


I emailed the community groups that does work in and for Williamsburg, and approached them to talk so that I can have local information.

What is the average standart that applies to neighborhoods/ does quality of life looks the same?

Krzysztof: invisible people having a visibility

What is it? How do we fix it?:

Data Set I Researched:

I thought that this data was really useful but it doesn’t name Q1 09-Q2 09-Q3 09-Q4 09 specifically, and it is not clear on where those places are and where the data is from; but I can use the indicators to further my research on the gentrified area.

This data showed the demographic data according to the zip codes and I wanted to use Williamsburg as my main location but also I want my project to be applicaple to most of the places.

Precedents (Related Work for Technology, Audience, Experience):

-Mission Playground is Not For Sale: “This dynamic came to a head last week when a group of Dropbox employees in San Francisco’s notoriously gentrifying Mission District tried to kick a group of local kids off a soccer field they had reserved.”

Research about it: “Neighborhoods, then, are not just homes, but opportunities for profit and redevelopment. And the renewal fantasy that defines them hides an often racist history of deliberate and concentrated impoverishment, one that’s inevitably copied wherever poor residents are forced to move next — usually the isolated suburbs they were barred from occupying in the first place”

“Perhaps no city more thoroughly dominates modern conversations around gentrification than New York. Whether it’s Spike Lee bemoaning the sudden influx of resources into neighborhoods like Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights since white people moved in, or new Fort Greene residents complaining about homeless people being mean to their dogs in the local park, gentrification stories ranging from bad to awful abound. Today, New York City is the most expensive metropolitan area in the U.S.”

-The Design Trust for Public Space’s Public for All: “These award-winning proposals will tackle the city’s public space inequity… Public for All winners will address need in the city’s public plazas and provide South Bronx residents a forum in the development of underutilized city-owned land”

Research about it: “By many measures, the program is a success—improving public safety, community events, and civic engagement,” a brief for the project reads. “But in economically distressed communities, plaza management faces many challenges,” like public intoxication, illegal dumping, and plant vandalism.”

-One of the Design Trust’s winning project: “takes aim at a pedestrian plaza at 125th Street in East Harlem, while creating a solution for keeping up 14 other plazas in low-income areas from Harlem to Hollis in the process.”

“The Design Trust is behind some of New York’s most ambitious (and, at times, controversial) projects. The nonprofit was responsible for a 2002 study that helped kick off the city’s High Line restoration. In 2015, another project looked at revitalizing spaces below elevated transportation structures. In 2016, the Design Trust partnered with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to release design guidelines for the (often-neglected) ground floor in mixed-use development.”

A Harlem Community And Others To Get Public Space Revamp


I want my prototypes to explore the implementation, role and look/feel. My audience will be the people who live in the area, was living there for a long time and the people who just moved it and is gentrifying the area. I want both sides to be involved in the public art.

The execution will be analog, I want it to be interactive with the residents: either a video, interviews, or public art. I want it to have the connection of the old and the new (something like embroidered photographs). I want the feeling the audience will get after the interaction will be engagement.

The first one explores how it can be a public art where people come and add playdough on top of eachother to create new scenes in the existing background. While people add more and more, the beginning stages will be lost/covered and possibly the color of the playdough will change when you mix them on top of eachother.

In this one, the paper was double sided and it reflected on how the data is changed due to gentrification.





In this prototype, I wanted to make the changes (such as in the look of the places, people/cultures, and cost) visible by connecting them to eachother.







In this one, you can lift the paper to see how the buildings looked before gentrification.

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