• NFPs- Who? What? Why? When? and How?....

    Community, Industrial Design

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    My thesis, dealing with Renewable Energy generated from people activities in parks in NYC, requires more than one NFP source, due to the fact that this subject covers few fields of interest. (first phase of my thesis is concentrating in a Pedal-Generator-Bicycle-Sharing system in a NYC park)

    My NFPs are:

    1. PPS - (Project for Public Spaces) -

    -Relationship status:

    Introduction was made and 2 meetings were set for the coming week (week starts Nov. 3rd) . First meeting is a one-on-one meeting with the operation coordinator (as preparation for 2nd meeting). Second meeting is my presentation of the project to a group of people from PPS (still don't know exactly how many and what positions).

    -Nature of source:

    PPS is a source that would help me understand different approaches to design a public space (criteria, considerations, rules and city laws, public preferences). this NFP can also connect me to other source of information (past projects they did). PPS is also a good optional source for funding, publicity and for an actual space to perform and experiment my prototypes. Another advantage is that PPS can be a sort of a mediator between me and bigger organizations (such as con-ed, city of NY different departments).

    -Cooperation:

    PPS and me agreed that if after the presentation meeting, it would seem as a feasible project, we will perform a "brainstorming session" together (with the 'operations' department). From there on i will work closely with them in the context of the park development and infrastructure.

    2. NYCPlan 2030 -

    -Relationship status:

    First connection was made a week ago with Ariella Maron (mayor office of operations - long term planning). I sent Mrs.Maron from NYCPlan2030 my project's detailed proposal (as detailed as it gets at this point in time) and i am waiting for response.

    -Nature of source:

    NYCPlan2030 deals with changing NYC into a "greener" city in all aspects of industry, public space and facilities and energy production/consumption among many more aspects. This organization can help me in my process by introducing me to the way things work in new york in terms of planning, limitations and design aspiration. You cannot work on a project concerning public spaces in NYC without any connection / influence in the suitable department of the mayor's office.

    -Cooperation:

    Yet to be determined.

    3. City of New York, Parks & Recreation -

    -Relationship status:

    Contact was made (phone) with Mahanth S. Joishy (Deputy Director of Operations) and a meeting for next week was set.

    -Nature of source:

    This department is in charge of all activities in Central Park. I can get a better understanding of people's behavior in the park, get statistics, make observations, set up surveys and learn how to plan activities in this certain park and in NYC's parks in general. This could also be a good stage for testing prototypes.

    -Cooperation:

    Yet to be determined.

    4. "Transportation Alternatives" -

    -Relationship status:

    First connection was made (e-mail). Next week a phone connection is planned.

    -Nature of source:

    An organization looking for alternative to replace carbon-motored transportation in the city. this organization can assist me with my design of the bicycle-sharing system and the actual design of the bikes. They are experienced with many projects that picked up and many that failed. I plan to use their guidelines and ideas in order to better shape my prototypes and the system's structure.

    -Cooperation:

    Yet to be determined.

    5. Electrical engineers -

    I am working closely with a couple of electrical engineers to try and determine what is the best way to build the pedal generator bicycle-shaing system, in a technical perspective.

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