Sustainable Design Collaboration

 

Description:

This research is a two-part, ongoing, two-year project on the work of designers and, in particular, on the way they use tools and technologies to support their collaborative design practices. Using qualitative interviews and ethnographic observation, we have discovered some early patterns in how designers use material and digital artifacts as well as how they organize their teaching and professional practice to promote open collaboration models.

Part 1

This research project aims to provide an interactive design concept for collaboration between professional designers and urban citizens to facilitate collaborative design process. Interaction Design Lab at Cornell University is collaborating with the Parsons The New School for Design. The Amplifying Creative Communities project is lead by Parsons The New School for Design researches on new ways of making neighborhoods and communities more sustainable in Lower East Side, North Brooklyn of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and broadcasts those actions to the public. Over thirty-three individuals, including leaders and founders of local sustainable groups, have been interviewed in New York City in order to understand their solutions to the community problems.

The IDL is currently conducting a follow-up study focusing on sustainable design collaboration. Affinity diagrams are being used to analyze the interviews, the analysis of which emphasizes the collaborations methods and collaborative behaviors from the interviews. Design implications and insights will be drawn from the affinity diagrams. The ultimate goal is to develop a sustainable collaborative design tool set that better facilitates communication between design professionals and citizens in urban settings.

People:

Laura Forlano, Ingrid Erickson, Xiying Wang, Megan Halpern, Geri Gay Lara Penin Assistant Professor in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons Eduardo Staszowski Assistant Professor in the School of Design Strategies

Funding:

NSF VOSS

Part 2

Design implication for creating an urban sustainable food environment: a case study of urban food practice at Parsons The New School for Design DESIS Lab

In this project, we are collaborating with the DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainablity) Lab at the Parsons School to examine urban food practices. In particular, several interviews with the researchers and designers at Parsons are conducted to learn design researchers’ motivations, design process, and difficulties of building a sustainable food environment, and to inform design implications for promoting healthier urban food practice in New York City.

The purpose of this study is to: 1) examine the DESIS projects in NYC that focus on sustainability and food; 2) interview researchers and designers at Parsons The New School for Design, to learn about their design practice and difficulties of building a sustainable food environment for the local communities in New York City; 3) analyze the interviews in step 2 and identify the opportunities and clients’ needs of building a sustainable food environment; 4) design to promote a healthier food environment for the low-income communities in New York City and other urban settings.

People:

Xiying Wang, Geri Gay Lara Penin Assistant professor in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons Eduardo Staszowski Assistant professor in the School of Design Strategies

Funding:

NSF VOSS

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