Tishman Center Faculty Grant
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.
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.
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:
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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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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Connect the Dots
“Connect the Dots” aims to connect fragmented green spaces to form an ecological network in New York City.
“Designing Endurance” focues on garment repair and alterations through a series of shirts that have future repairability and alterability built into them.
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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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.