Category: Designing for Change

Final – Synanthrope Preserve

A synanthrope (from the Greek syn-, “together with” + anthro, “man”) is a member of a species of wild animals and plants of various kinds that live near, and benefit from, an association with humans and the somewhat artificial habitats that humans create around them (From Wikipedia).   Here is the audio tour that starts

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Washington Square Park Audio Tour

The first route we were planning to do Walking this path and getting to know the park better helped me to mark highlights. I recorded the following route that included mainly walking directions as our first layer and Jess was testing it. Here is the first recording which is very ruff and includes only walking directions from my

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Synanthrop Preserve – update

In order to choose between Tompkins and Washington, we wrote done the pros and cons for each park. Tompkins Pros A hidden green spot A little rough looking, has a wilderness atmosphere Zoo like experience (a lot of distinctive areas) Cons Human-pigeon interaction was not Pigeons: more wild. did not beg for food and run

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The Synanthrop Preserve

After creating a concept map in order to organize our thoughts we realized that there are main two changes that we are aiming for. The first one is a perceptional change, we would like to make people see pigeons, for example, as animals rather than pests. In addition to perceiving the city as an ecosystem in which human

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Synanthrope Museum

Here is the presentation that we shared with the class. After brainstorming Jess and I got to do the urban imagination exercise for our Synanthrope Museum. Here are my drawings:   On this Saturday I did the Audio Walk by Janet Cardiff – HER LONG BLACK HAIR (2004). The experience was extremely powerful. Around the central

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Creative solutions to social problems

This week I run across several different creative solutions to social issues. The following video tells the story of a man how realized the distractive effect plastic has on our environment What led him to invent eatable spoons. However, this solution seems too expensive than plastic spoons in the short run, of corse that in

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An Urban Pain Point

My first urban pain point is the way we alienated nature from us. Nature keeps coming closer and closer and we have created urban wildlife in the cities we live in. However, when we run across one of the other tenants of the city, we see them as pests. The following drawing depicts an ideal world in

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Applying a Nudge

As a follow-up to last week’s pain point, I implied a nudge that would hopefully prevent from passersby to sit on my staircase. My inspiration for this nudge was to create a border between the street and the staircase. I wanted to distinguish it from the street in a way that the staircase will be

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Nudge and a Pain Point

My first apartment in New York is on Saint Marks. I tend to chose my apartments according to how loud they are. At Saint Marks loudness does bother me, sometimes I even enjoy it. What is really painful is the crowd on the street appropriates the staircase that leads to my house and blocks it

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