Parsons The New School for Design


Student Names: Carina Adijanto, Amanat Anand, Karla Covell, Jin Ju Kim, Ted Kim, Annie Lee, Soo Lim, Mariam Lutfalla, Whitney Newton, Madison Stirling, Anna Tan, David Vo, Eric Wang, Sarah Whang, Belle Wu, Janet Yeung, Burcu Akan, Liz Bastian, Emmie Danza, Adrienne Faurote, Diana Feng, Deirdre Gaine, Carmen Ramirez, Paige Gilligan, Mayan Hennemeyer, Grace Lee, Anissa Meddeb, Devon Plaster, HaeLin Sin, Sherry Tsang, Matthew Wallace, Danielle Wang, Linda Zhuo

School: Parsons The New School for Design

Studio: School of Design Strategies, Laboratory, Spring 2012

Professor(s): Emily Moss and Lars Chellberg

Site: 14th St/Union Square

Project Name: Newspaper Tumbleweeds

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Emily Moss-

Lars Chelberg


 14th St/Union Square

Information about Courses: An Urban Environmental Art and Design Show for Union Square Park

Course Description:

Students in a Sustainable City themed section of Laboratory--a required Foundation studio course that emphasizes systemic thinking and collaborative making--investigated the Union Square Park area for evidence of challenges in the realm of ‘sustainability’. Their mandate was to observe, research, and bring to light, through art and design practices, an issue of sustainability relevant to New York City. The project would culminate in a one-day installation in Union Square Park.

Students began their research by isolating a single object, natural or artificial, found in the Park, and identifying and analyzing the system(s) to which that object belonged: for example, Soil/Land, Air/Atmosphere, Flora, Fauna, Energy,

Water, Transportation, Decomposition/ Decay, Waste. They then, in groups of 3, developed projects intended to educate, provoke, question, and magnify.

The 11 projects included:

The Metrocard Dress, an investigation into where the plastic cards come from, and where they end up.

Small Matters, a meditation on menus and other tree-based handouts.

Newspaper Tumbleweeds, a time-based study of the quantity of morning papers handed out in the Union Square Station in a matter of moments.

Ecototes, a line of canvas bags emblazoned with a map of Union Square and the fauna that inhabit it.

Earth Hour, a tribute to the annual global lights-out event that brings attention to climate change.

‘Endangered’ Species Flour Stencils, a recognition of the pollinators in New York City that might be endangered; stenciled in flour, they disappear over the course of a few hours.

Forever, a fashion branding campaign that identifies materials in common use that cannot be recycled and will ‘never’ biodegrade, such as plastic bottle caps, and Styrofoam sheets.

Gnomes, a cheeky messaging campaign that cajoles passers-by to recycle.

E-Waste Tower, a sculpture of electronic parts that aims to bring attention to the hazardous components contained in our ubiquitous machines.