The Design Difference was a three day charrette organized by The Japan Society’s Innovator’s Network in conjunction with the NGO Common Ground and their subsidiary The Brownsville Partnership. Internationally renowned artists, designers and changemakers from Japan, Southeast Asia and the United States met to try to address the neighborhood of Brownsville’s problems through design.
Led by Valerie Casey, founder of the Designers Accord, Pratt Industrial Design graduate students Ashley Thorfinnson and Sahar Ghaheri and myself helped facilitate the visit to Brownsville and the problem solving brainstorming session that followed. Afterward we worked to consolidate the hundreds of community-improving solutions into 5 main design concepts which are documented GOOD by Alissa Walker in two articles – Part 1 and Part 2.
ROLE Group Leader
CREDITS The Designers Accord, Common Ground and the Japan Society as well as Ashley Thorfinnson and Sahar Ghaheri