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DesigNYC 2012: Call for Projects and Designers

DesigNYC continues on its mission to match civic-minded designers with nonprofit organizations in New York City.  For its third cycle of projects in 2012, desigNYC will focus on the theme of Recharging Communities. Nonprofit organizations and pro bono design teams are invited to submit applications by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 at 5 pm EST via desigNYC's website. This round aims to identify and support projects intended to strengthen communities, promote social interaction, and improve neighborhood environments through better housing and public space as well as social media and knowledge-based networks. DesigNYC is seeking a range of design disciplines and projects types that may address these goals. The 2012 selection jury will be announced in the coming weeks, and design firms, nonprofit organizations, and partnered teams will be announced by the end of the year, in order to begin work in January 2012. Each project-designer team is assigned a desigNYC mentor who helps facilitate collaboration and link the team back to the desigNYC support network. For applications, more information, to see previous projects, and to learn how to get involved, visit desigNYC's website.
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On View> DesigNYC presents Recharging Communities

RECHARGING COMMUNITIES desigNYC GD Cucine 227 West 17th St. Through October 1 DesignNYC, an organization connecting New York designers with nonprofits, community groups, and city agencies, presents its current cycle of projects under the banner, “Recharging Communities.” In designNYC’s second annual exhibition, eight teams showcase their in-progress collaborations including among others: Educating Tomorrow, which uses communications design to establish an online forum on sustainability issues for NYC educators; the Greenhouse Project, which creates an urban farm in an unused lot in East New York; Nostrand Park, on the development of an engaging urban corridor in Crown Heights; and PortSide New York (above), a project enhancing a boathouse and community center in Red Hook. Click on a thumbnail to launch the slideshow.
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EVENT> 9/14 Opening Party: desigNYC's 2011 Exhibition

RECHARGING COMMUNITIES: DesigNYC Exhibition Opening Party 6:00pm-8:30pm GD Cucine 227 West 17th St. DesignNYC, an organization connecting New York designers with nonprofits, community groups, and city agencies, presents its current cycle of projects under the banner, “Recharging Communities.” In designNYC’s second annual exhibition, eight teams showcase their in-progress collaborations, including among others: Educating Tomorrow, using communications design to establish an online forum on sustainability issues for NYC educators; The Greenhouse Project, creating an urban farm in an unused lot in East New York; Nostrand Park, developing an engaging urban corridor in Crown Heights; PortSide New York (above),  enhancing a boathouse and community center in Red Hook. Visit desigNYC.org to see a full list of projects. The exhibition kicks off on Wednesday evening with a party at GD Cucine on West 17th Street. The public is invited to come meet the desigNYC teams, who will be on hand to talk about their projects, answer questions, and celebrate their work to date. This year's participating architecture and design firms: Vamos Architects, Language Department, Abruzzo-Bodziak Architects, Otto NY, Publicis Design, Rodrigo Corral, 590BC, and Studio L'Image. The exhibition runs through October 1 at GD Cucine's Gallery, open 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday.
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Quick Clicks> Clouds, Danger, DC, Rigor

BYO Cloud. Not since the Romans stretched the vela around the Coliseum has there been such a radical solution for stadium shading. Qatar plans to create man-made clouds ("a lightweight carbon structure carrying a giant envelope of material containing helium gas") to float over the stadium where the World Cup will be held in the summer of 2022. More details in The Daily Mail. Fatal attraction? Why do we live in dangerous places? Scientific American investigates their allure and the ecological consequences--good and bad--for both plant and animal life. ESI 2 DC. The Washington Post reports that President Obama has tapped New York's own Edwin Schlossberg, founder of the interactive design firm ESI, to serve on a federal panel that helps oversee the architecture and design of the nation's capital. (Schlossberg is the more designer-y half of Caroline Kennedy and also one of the founders of the not-for-profit desigNYC.) More rigor, less speed. At Slate, Witold Rybczynski makes the case for slow architecture: "No wonder that Renaissance architectural treatises often seem cerebral; architects spent a lot of time thinking before they started drawing."
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desigNYC Announces 2011 Matches

DesigNYC, an organization that pairs nonprofits with designers, has announced its matches for the coming year. The teams applied individually for consideration last fall and were selected by a jury drawn from desigNYC's leadership (a high-powered group of New York-based architects, designers and thinkers--check out the list here). Yesterday the new crop of designers, who offer their services pro bono, met their designated nonprofits and designNYC advisors at a kick-off event at the Art Director's Club in Manhattan. Evan Bennett and Silvia Fuster, principals at Vamos Architects in Brooklyn, were charged up post meet-and-greet. "We feel fortunate to be working within an infrastructure of such experienced advisors who have set very high standards for design and professionalism. As a young office, that's really valuable to us," said Bennett. Next week Vamos will have their first meeting with their desigNYC partner, Nostrand Park, to begin work on a "pop-up plaza" intended to enliven a historic section of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn. Lisa Green of Selldorf Architects will be the project's desigNYC advisor. Other firms selected for 2011 collaborations include communication designer Rodrigo Corral, Abruzzo Bodiak Architects, Fogelson-Lubliner, OttoNY, 590BC with Studio L'Image, Language Department, architects Fink & Platt, and Publicis. View their desigNYC partners here. DesigNYC launched in 2010 with a stated mission to improve the lives of New Yorkers through design. Its first year desigNYC matched 12 organizations with 16 designers, and the collaborations have already yielded some impressive results on a range of scales, from Rooster Design Group's design of a guide to green living for the New York City Housing Authority to Robin Key Landscape Architect's Intergenerational Garden at Serviam Gardens, an affordable housing development in the Bronx.
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Free Design Help

Design has a strong history of pro bono work, from affordable housing to electioneering, and during these tough times, a helping hand can be especially appreciated. With that in mind, more than a dozen design firms and affiliates from New York are offering their services to those in the community in need as part of a new program called DesigNYC. With the goal of creating "a better New York by design," the group is currently seeking applicants by the end of the month for help solving a design challenge. Any design problem will do, and the only requirements is that an applicant be a not-for-profit organization located in New York and game for undertaking a collaborative design process. All design work will be free, though there may be costs associated with implimenting the design solutions. Following the November 30 deadline, the designers will have winnowed down finalists by mid-December, and the whole thing should be underway by the start of next year. Inspired by the service iniatives of the President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg, the ultimate goal is to create a collaborative design network where anyone can come to offer their services or seek out design help. Best of luck to all applicants and to the program as a whole. Those leading the way are: * Paola Antonelli, Museum of Modern Art * Karen Auster, Auster*Agency / BKLYN DESIGNS * Deborah Berke, Deborah Berke & Partners Architects * Maddy Burke-Vigeland, Gensler * James Biber, Pentagram * Majora Carter, Majora Carter Group * Gideon D'Arcangelo, ESI Design * Sona Hacherian, New York Magazine * Steven Heller, School of Visual Arts * Wendy Goodman, New York Magazine * Zack McKown, Tsao & McKown Architects * Michelle Mullineaux, ESI Design * Margie Ruddick, Margie Ruddick Landscape * Clay Shirky, New York University, ITP * Ed Schlossberg, ESI Design * Lauren Yarmuth, YRG Sustainability Consultants