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  • Solari

    Well-being, Environmental Design

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    Solari: access to a sustainable food system at The New School

    I am working with students and faculty who are advocating for a sustainable food system at The New School. I’ve consulted with Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects, an architectural firm working on the design of the New Building for TNS, where I plan to impalement my project.

    My goal is to create school resources/opportunities that will make healthy eating more accessible on campus, while serving as a communal outlet for education about local food from the Green Market, water consumption, and renewable energy.

    Solari is made up of two carts, one for transporting food from the Union Square Green Market and the other for vending food and juice on school campus. Solari makes nutritious food that’s been locally grown available to students removed from options for leading a healthy and environmentally conscious lifestyle while at school.

    Next step is to test my prototype at one of the Earth Week events hosted by Renew School, a student group, which aims to engage TNS members in issues concerning health, environment, and renewable resources. I hope to also implement my project in retail stores that are within the vicinity of greenmarkets– Kiehl’s, a body product retailer, has already shown interest.

  • Green+

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Green + Urban street garden lifestyle

    Green+ is done in collaboration and consultation with the Council on the Environment of NYC (CENYC).

    Green+ addresses the desire to have mini-garden and parks along a city street, while aiming to protect trees from traffic and reduce the carbon footprint of urban furniture.

    Green+ uses a combination of plant material such as soil and grass and more traditional furniture construction to create a hybrid and composite product that allows users to comfortably experience a green urban environment.

    Green+ is not only to raise awareness about Global Warming through better production processes but also to be able to use furniture as a medium to show the comfort of natural surfaces.

  • Shhh...Play with Silence

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    Shhh…Play with Silence is a puzzle set to improve communication among hearing and deaf or hard-of-hearing children.

    I have been advised from CoCo (Center for Opportunities, Choices & Outcomes) which is an after school program for children who needs special care. Eileen Whelan is a P.P.S Coordinator in St Francis de Sales School for the Deaf gave me information about deaf children and their lives.

    Most deaf children experience a barrier when they try to play with hearing children since they do not have an easy way to communicate. In order to break this barrier, they must be sharing, considering, and harmonizing each other.

    My thesis project is a communicative and educational puzzle set that targets 2 to 5 year olds. Through play “Shhh…play with Silence”, both deaf and hearing children can develop and understand better the alternative ways of seeing, hearing, and moving.

    Through the puzzle set “Shhh…Play with Silence”, hearing children will allow deaf or hard-of-hearing children to better understand their communication method. Children could interest about further step of learning sign language. Through the game, hearing children can understand better about deaf culture and deaf children can involve in hearing world easier.

  • Shhh...Play with Silence

    Communication, Industrial Design

    Shhh…Play with Silence is a puzzle set to improve communication among hearing and deaf or hard-of-hearing children.

    I have been advised from CoCo (Center for Opportunities, Choices & Outcomes) which is an after school program for children who needs special care. Eileen Whelan is a P.P.S Coordinator in St Francis de Sales School for the Deaf gave me information about deaf children and their lives.

    Most deaf children experience a barrier when they try to play with hearing children since they do not have an easy way to communicate. In order to break this barrier, they must be sharing, considering, and harmonizing each other.

    My thesis project is a communicative and educational puzzle set that targets 2 to 5 year olds. Through play “Shhh…play with Silence”, both deaf and hearing children can develop and understand better the alternative ways of seeing, hearing, and moving.

    Through the puzzle set “Shhh…Play with Silence”, hearing children will allow deaf or hard-of-hearing children to better understand their communication method. Children could interest about further step of learning sign language. Through the game, hearing children can understand better about deaf culture and deaf children can involve in hearing world easier.

  • lekkees: Alowing Free Play to Rule

    Education, Industrial Design

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    lekkees was developed in collaboration with Marcos Stafne and Miriam Kessler from the New York Hall of Science.

    Early childhood development toys and activities in institutional settings do not promote interaction among peers, lack possibility for imaginative interpretation, and full-body physical engagement.

    lekkees is a set of bendable geometric panels which connect in an endless assortment of configurations abstractly eluding to recognizable environments and objects.

    lekkees encourages more quality play by providing tools for children to visualize, imagine, and interactively build their surroundings. Allowing kids to engage in active play nurtures their social and cognitive development through the process of creative exploration

    My goal is to implement lekkees in institutional settings such as children's museums, day care centers, camps, and potentially schools.

  • BOUNCE baby sign products

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    BOUNCE reinforces communication and relationships between Deaf children and Hearing parents, which is otherwise non-existent because of language barriers.

    BOUNCE is a product of collaboration with The Lexington School for the Deaf, which has served the broader Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community of the New York metropolitan area since 1864.

    BOUNCE incorporates American Sign Language into children’s toys and accessories as a means to promote preverbal communication in which all children and parents can benefit as well as access.

    • BOUNCE seeks to de-stigmatize cultural deafness and provide access to its language in Mainstream culture.
    • As a marketing tool, BOUNCE is universal and benefits all children and parents.
    • As a result, Hearing parents of Deaf children who benefit the most from preverbal communication will no longer feel isolated because of it.

    NEXT STEPS

    • Establish BOUNCE as educational toy and must have for all parents.
    • Market stuffed toy/animal as an introductory product that maintains qualities and language associated with American Deaf Culture.
  • headwest

    Community, Environmental Design

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    headwest:

    Planning for Sustainable Urban Revival

    With guidance from Buffalo ReUse and Build it Green! NYC.

    Problem: Cities in the American Rust Belt (Buffalo, NY as a case study) have lost their vitality as a result of urban flight, suburban sprawl and the changing industrial climate of the United States. This has lead to the vacancy of homes and factories, and the deterioration of surrounding rural communities.

    Solution: headwest is a system that transforms architectural waste to create new sustainable building materials. Using abundant salvaged materials (brick, lumber and glass), a family of three architectural tiles has been designed to represent the triumphs of the past and a hope for the future

    Benefits: All materials are salvaged, manufactured and sold regionally using local labor, local resources, factories and infrastructure. The overarching intent of the project is to create sustainable, site-specific, vital industry to aid in a revival of economy and spirit.

    Next Steps: headwest is a system with the potential for infinite development. Grants, government involvement as well as prototype expansion will bring the project closer to fruition.

    For more information and images, please visit my profile blog...

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    Representatives from the INEE (Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies) and IRC (International Rescue Committee) both contributed to the research and development of this project.

    Because of the refugee crisis in Iraq, millions of children lack the tools to elevate their educational experience. There is a need to remedy the effects of trauma and regain a sense of identity and belonging. This project focuses on the Iraqi refugee community in Jordan.

    Grout is a puzzle/game designed to stimulate problem solving skills, encourage dialogue/communication and reestablish a sense of identity and place. The design allows the product itself to be produced using local manufacturing resources and materials.

    Grout is intended to create a ripple effect of learning and communication. This ripple effect will begin with the Iraqi refugee children and stretch to the immigrant and host families as well as the community at large.

    The next steps of this product would involve implementation in different refugee settings in need of the similar solutions. In new settings, the project would re-address issues of language, material and manufacturing processes.

    Christian John

  • Building Green in Full Spectrum

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Whether it is the Earth's environment or the living environment, building a LEED certified residence hall can be a great benefit to the New School Student Housing Services. The Student Housing Services has given me not only the opportunity to live and work along side the ultimate users of my subject, they have also offered me a vast knowledge of how a residence hall is built from beginning to end through the on-going projects at the school.

    My proposal for building a LEED certified residence hall can create an educational environment, healthier residents, sustainability for the community and better building efficiency. My project includes a workbook and interactive website which makes provides informative resources on good alternative solutions to current problems at the New School residence halls. This will be an on-going project which can serve as tools for the developers, Student Housing and the residents to exchange information with each other from the initial building stage to the community building stage of a residence hall. In turn, I hope the project can serve as a bridge builder between my constituents.

    For more information, check out my blogs and this video:

  • HEY! NYC “Healthy is Sexy”

    Education, Industrial Design

    Kaz

    HIV prevention in New York City nightclubs.

    NFP partner: APICHA – Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS is a non-profit organization providing HIV/AIDS related services, education, and research to Asian and Pacific Islander Communities in New York City.

    In New York City, there is an increase in the number of HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM); many of these infections are due to unsafe sex.

    Wrist Band: Anyone entering a nightclub will be required to wear a wristband, with a condom attached to it.
    Toilet Seat: Each restroom stall will be equipped with a special toilet seat and condom dispenser.

    Hey New York! products remind gay men to have safe sex.

    Wrist Band: Everybody in the club will carry a condom with them for the rest of the night; afterwards they can use it for safe sex .

    Toilet Seat: The toilet seat is designed to look like a penis inside of a condom when illuminated. The dispenser has a small pink condom icon that lights up. These devices command attention for the condoms available and for condom use in general.

    The next step would be to work with other HIV/AIDS non-profits to make the products available for a larger public. By having APICHA reach out to broader HIV/AIDS non-profits we could expand out of New York City into greater New York State.

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