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Tishman Center Faculty Grant

 
 
 

2018-2019

 
Davida Smyth   Associate Professor of Natural Sciences

Davida Smyth

Associate Professor of Natural Sciences

2018-2019 Faculty grant recipient Davida Smyth, a professor at Lang, wants to reduce the amount of plastic waste that is ubiquitous in science labs and utilized her Tishman Center faculty grant to change how things are done at the science lab in the University Center. Watch the video below to see what she did and how she plans to make teaching laboratories everywhere less wasteful.

Faculty Grant recipient Davida Smyth talks about how to make science labs sustainable

Bonus Video: cigarettes & e-cigarette waste

Donna Maione   Parsons School of Design Faculty

Donna Maione

Parsons School of Design Faculty

On April 27th, 2019 research participants and design facilitators gathered together at Bailey’s Cafe for its eighth and final workshop series: Redesigning Communities: Mending and Textile Waste. Bailey’s Café is a community space based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn founded by Stefanie Siegel. Through community-based organizing and artistic expression, they build intergenerational connections and story sharing, exposing participants to new experiences, honoring the stories of those whose voices are seldom heard and helping to develop a sense of possibility, healing and renewal.

Zero Waste Project

Oliver Kellhammer   Lecturer in sustainable systems at Parsons School of Design

Oliver Kellhammer

Lecturer in sustainable systems at Parsons School of Design

2018-2019 Faculty Grant recipient Oliver Kellhammer's project asks for help with recycling waste foam from a very unlikely source: mealworms. We spoke with Oliver about his project, his art using the partially eaten foam and how he used the faculty grant funding to advance his practice in this space. See the video below for the full interview:

Faculty Grant recipient Oliver Kellhammer’s project on how mealworms can recycle styrofoam

Bonus Video: Mealworms in action

 
 

2017-2018

 
Rafi Youatt , Associate Professor of Politics; Chair of Environmental Studies

Rafi Youatt, Associate Professor of Politics; Chair of Environmental Studies

Student Mentoring

Rafi Youatt, Associate Professor of Politics; Chair of Environmental Studies
This grant was used to support mentoring between PhD students at the New School working on environmentally-related dissertation topics, and undergraduate seniors in the Environmental Studies (ES) program doing a senior capstone project. Each PhD student was a mentor for an individual ES student – at the end of the fall semester, when ES senior capstone proposals are formalized, mentors were paired with undergraduates based on shared interests. The undergraduates then met individually with the capstone students on a bi-weekly basis, and checked in online on a weekly basis. At those meetings, students brought recent written work, progress, discussed any problems they were having, and incorporated mentors’ feedback into their final proposals.
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Jean Gardner , Associate Professor of Social-Ecological History and Design, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design

Jean Gardner, Associate Professor of Social-Ecological History and Design, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design

Preparing for Disaster and Disrupting Climate Injustice

We are shocked daily with unprecedented experiences of extreme weather and its devastating impacts. People, other animals, plants — literally all life — as well as the places, institutions, and communities we built to protect ourselves from the Elements and each other are being uprooted. Lives shattered. The Earth destroyed. The already vulnerable are hit hardest. In response to this unprecedented global upheaval of our world, Michelle dePass, then Director of The Tishman Environment & Design Center and Robert Kirkbride, Dean of the School of Constructed Environments, called on students and faculty: now is the time to act in the climate-changed world where we all already live. Not tomorrow but NOW!
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2016-2017

 
Tanya Kalmanovitch , Associate Professor at Mannes School of Music

Tanya Kalmanovitch, Associate Professor at Mannes School of Music

The Tar Sands Song Book

The Tar Sands Song Book is a collection of new open-form compositions and an interdisciplinary performance project that make the impact of tar sands development visible and audible from multiple perspectives.

Brian McGrath , Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design   Mehdi Salehi , Part-time Lecturer, School of Art, Media, and Technology, Parsons School of Design

Brian McGrath, Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design

Mehdi Salehi, Part-time Lecturer, School of Art, Media, and Technology, Parsons School of Design

Drones for Refugees

Drones for Refugees is a drones monitoring system ensuring the safe arrival of refugees. Since 2015 the EU has received more than 1.2 million refugees mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Over the past 2 years an estimated 8,000 people have lost their lives trying to cross into Europe. Drones for Refugees aims to support their safe arrival.

 
Wendy Popp , Part-time Assistant Professor, BFA Illustration Program, Parsons School of Design

Wendy Popp, Part-time Assistant Professor, BFA Illustration Program, Parsons School of Design

Beyond the Polar Bears

Alternative Visuals for existing social media platforms that communicate to new audiences about climate change. Collaborates with 350.org to provide visual ideas with which to connect the public and college audiences with engaging digital storytelling artworks that help communicate key climate messages.
Beyond Polar Bears

Stephen Metts,  Part-time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

Stephen Metts, Part-time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

Mobilizing Maps for Sustainable Communities

Mobilizing Maps for Sustainable Communities seeks to build a robust open source mapping resource for local community members in their opposition to further expansion of natural gas infrastructure.

 
Barent Roth , Part-time Lecturer, BFA Integrated Design Program, Parsons School of Design

Barent Roth, Part-time Lecturer, BFA Integrated Design Program, Parsons School of Design

Testing our Waters

Testing our Waters refines, designs and develops 2­3 low-cost trawls pulling a floating device with a net on the water’s surface to gather data about plastic pollution in the Earth’s oceans.

Fabio Parasecoli , Associate Professor and Coordinator of Food Studies, Schools of Public Engagement  Rachel Knopf, Assistant Director of Wellness and Health, Student Health Services

Fabio Parasecoli, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Food Studies, Schools of Public Engagement

Rachel Knopf, Assistant Director of Wellness and Health, Student Health Services

Urban Food Security in Context: the Lived Experience of Hunger at The New School

“Urban Food Security in Context: the Lived Experience of Hunger at The New School” focuses on issues of food security at different levels: the students’ awareness of the needs of their food insecure peers, the functioning of food banks from a strategic and service design point of view, the systems and social hierarchies that affect food insecurity, and the impact of food policy on urban environments.

 
Ivan Ramirez , Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

Ivan Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

Addressing Environmental Health Risks through Community Action Research and Local Knowledge

“Addressing Environmental Health Risks through Community Action Research and Local Knowledge: Pilot Study in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn” seeks to understand how climate variability, extremes and changes interact with social dynamics to impact the health of residents in New York City, particularly communities of color and socioeconomically poor populations.
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2015-2016

 
Willi Semmler , Arnhold Professor of International Cooperation and Development at The New School for Social Research

Willi Semmler, Arnhold Professor of International Cooperation and Development at The New School for Social Research

Mitigation and Adaptation Policies against Climate Risk

“Mitigation and Adaptation Policies against Climate Risk” researches and develop a better way to address the trade-off of implementing climate stability at the expense of economic growth.

Ivan Ramirez , Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Eugene Lang College

Ivan Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Eugene Lang College

Understanding Climate Change and Urban Health using a Syndemic Modeling Approach

“Understanding Climate Change and Urban Health using a Syndemic Modeling Approach” examines the effects of climate change on health vulnerability and resilience in urban areas.

 
Timon McPhearson , Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at the Schools of Public Engagement

Timon McPhearson, Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at the Schools of Public Engagement

Connect the Dots

“Connect the Dots” aims to connect fragmented green spaces to form an ecological network in New York City.

Timo Rissanen , Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design

Timo Rissanen, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design

Designing Endurance

“Designing Endurance” focues on garment repair and alterations through a series of shirts that have future repairability and alterability built into them.

 
Ana I. Baptista , Assistant Professor in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program at the Milano

Ana I. Baptista, Assistant Professor in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program at the Milano

Climate Justice in Action: Communities Working Toward Just Transitions

School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.
“Climate Justice in Action: Communities Working Toward Just Transitions” explores poverty alleviation and climate resiliency through composing case studies to address climate crisis from a climate justice perspective.
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Nicholas Brinen , Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Parsons

Nicholas Brinen, Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Parsons

Street Seats Program

“Street Seats Program” works with the Department of Transportation to reclaim portions of New York City’s streets to serve as public space.