Improving Communities with Art: Implementing Sustainable Design Thinking

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As I move into my final thesis year at Georgia State, I can’t help but think about the work I’ve done the last couple of years and how I want to move forward with my research. I’ve realized that I have a strong passion for working with supergraphics, while helping community to connect people and place.

Currently, my thesis reads like this:
Repurposing abandoned buildings between ownership by means of visual, audio, and/or other supergraphic design implementations should increase community engagement and connect people and place while discouraging issues like crime, pollution, etc. that result from forgotten spaces.

Some really interesting civic projects that I have studied as case studies for my own work include Candy Chang’s work in New Orleans, Tyree Guyton’s work in Detroit, and the Highline in New York City. These projects are becoming more important, especially when the economy is down and abandoned buildings and vacant lots are rising. Communities become victim to pollution and crime when property owners can not take care of their lots. Buildings in particular quickly fall apart and decay when left alone.

Candy Chang’s Before I die…

Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project

New York City High Line Project

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