Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Vice president & New York director of Enterprise Community Partners Abby Jo Sigal, Robin Key of Robin Key Landscape Architecture, and Michelle Mullineaux, acting director of desigNYC, discuss how the design world and community groups are joining forces on community projects.


Robin Key, Michelle Mullineaux and Abby Jo Sigal

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Comments [7]

Yes, yeah. from Brooklyn, NY

@karen from brooklyn:

I agree with you.

I support the idea of this organization as well and the good that they are trying to do, however; movements like this makes it difficult for designers who are veering away from the corporate structure to sustain our own living in doing the work that we love and that is most meaningful/important to us.

I find that these popups will make it simple for non-profits to be lax and stop writing grants or looking for money (to give real credit to person(s) behind the design) and pay for creative labor.

Feb. 24 2010 12:38 PM
karen from brooklyn

While I'm all for this organization, my only concern is that these are people who have "other" jobs in for-profit or corporations that pay them a salary. For those of us (like myself) who are designers and focus on non-profits due to personal philosophies and politics, it diminishes our work by taking away the (monetary) value behind our design. It reinforces the message that non-profits can get work for free. Maybe this makes them feel like a job well done, but there are a lot of people who get paid far less to support the social missions through good design and also are trying to survive in a capitalist market. :)

Feb. 24 2010 12:04 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

abdul--very true! not only is it negative social interaction, but dangerous, as well. note that most subways have exits that have been closed off for years. considering that they can easily accommodate a one-way/outgoing exit gates (and many already have them), i wish someone would call them on this!

Feb. 24 2010 11:59 AM
Henrietta Stern from Manhattan

I hope that Robin Key's garden project will provide accessible gardens for seniors, i.e. raised beds at different heights so that children, wheelchairs, standing gardeners can all actively garden. This also includes walkways without obstructions. I am a certified Horticultural therapist and these are the types of projects we help people create. Thank you.

Feb. 24 2010 11:58 AM
William from williamxburg

I am a designer of spaces and products.

The mayor's unprecedented, unplanned rezoning of Greenpoint and Williamsburg is the classic example of horrendous lack of design. Destroying a vibrant multifaceted creative community and creating a community of financial industry commuters.

We need to have a North Brooklyn Creative Economic zone - to enhance and encourage great innovative community and economic design

Feb. 24 2010 11:55 AM
Abdul Smith from Brooklyn

Sad as it is to say, an example of poor design fostering horrible interaction is the subway system, where people enter and exit at the same point, leading to scores of teed off people on a daily basis who are unable to catch their trains because of the hundreds of people exiting at the same vantage point.

Feb. 24 2010 11:54 AM
tom from qns

Modern style has taken over: Bad Designs: Subway grate covers that look like contemporary. sculpture, they are aluminum open webs with a seat attached. But they block the sidewalk! 'Modern' bus stops all of the same design, minimal glass -- looks like the old MoMA entrance.

Feb. 24 2010 11:54 AM

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