Corona’S Plaza

Working closely with the local community we are programming and prototyping public space design installations to create a new commons — a space for the entire community — in Corona, Queens, NY. Corona Plaza is currently a street with moving traffic, but will be pedestrianized during the summer of 2012 as part of the NYCDOT public plaza program. Along with the community we will develop creative programming and designs that build social connections — presenting opportunities for recreation, education, commerce, and more. More information soon… Commissioned by: Queens Museum of... Read The Rest →

On the Question of #whOWNSpace

It has happened slowly. Many of us have not even noticed. Little by little, the cities we inhabit — malls, shopping centers, movie theaters, private plazas, parks, and in some unfortunate places even entire streets and neighborhoods — become increasingly privatized. Yet many of us do not often stop and ask ourselves what this means and what we are losing in the process. What happens to democracy when we do not have the spaces to meet, organize, and collectively plan for our future? What happens when our city does not... Read The Rest →

DSGN AGNC in 2011

No better way to tackle a new year by taking a quick look back at the year that was. And it was a busy one for us here in DSGN AGNC. This Year DSGN AGNC and its AGNTS: -01.10 -Worked as part of #LGNLGN on the New City Reader -02.14 -Released a short Valentines day video and blog post with information on the flower industry of Colombia and consuming habits in the U.S.A. -02.21 -Presented at Harvard University’s GSD – What’s the FACA? -03.25 –Presented at SFI 10+1 in Chicago... Read The Rest →

Casas de la Esperanza: The flexible grid

LA PRUSIA AND PROJECT CONTEXT La Prusia is located along the road that connects the city of Granada and Lake Apoyo, both among the top tourist attractions in the Central American nation of Nicaragua. This neighborhood, however, does not share the benefits of the tourist industry and has fallen into levels of extreme poverty. For many years the nonprofit Casas de la Esperanza has been helping the inhabitants of La Prusia by building homes, teaching children, and providing technical training to the local population. As part of their mission, Casas... Read The Rest →


ANNOUNCING: and MAPPING NYC #whOWNSpace is a collaborative started by DSGN AGNC with Not An Alternative and DoTank:Brooklyn — three organizations that have been dealing with spatial politics. Our goals are:1- TO REVEAL conflicting rules and ownerships in the increasingly privatized and commercialized spaces that make up the contemporary neoliberal urban condition2- TO QUESTION those rules and the current state of our “public” space; discussing the intentions and conditions surrounding our open spaces3- TO ADVOCATE FOR AND PROPOSE new uses and designs that encourage more public and open spaces for... Read The Rest →

A Call to Action for the Rights of the Neighborhoods

The following statements were read at the Friends Center and at Occupy Philly in Philadelphia’s City Hall grounds on Monday, October 10, 2011, in conjunction with the 2011 Design in Action conference.Download as PDF A Call to Action for the Rights of the Neighborhoods   “It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for rethinking the American Dream. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth... Read The Rest →


Over at BLDGBLOG, Geoff Manaugh published a blog entry on the Political Equator 3 border crossing that took place this weekend. The entry included some images I took and thoughts I had during the weekend’s conference. The Mexico/US Border My thoughts on the border as quoted by BLDGBLOG: “Architect and designer Quilian Riano was on hand for the crossing, and these are his photographs reproduced here. By way of email, Riano described the physical terrain where they crossed beneath and through the border, remarking that the hydrological status of the... Read The Rest →


This Valentine’s day, do you know where your flowers come from? On a daily basis most of us participate in a highly complex and networked global market that tends to obscure the real costs of the products and services we buy. DSGN AGNC believes  designers can help uncover the hidden externalities of everyday life and challenge the inherent inequalities and injustices that they produce in society.   Currently DSGN AGNC is working with a community in Facatativa (FACA), Colombia to build a housing project. We believe that it is key... Read The Rest →

NCR classifieds #lgnlgn

The New City Reader is a temporary newspaper that was published from October 6, 2010 to January 9, 2011 as part of the Last Newspaper exhibition at the New Museum Leagues and Legions (lgnlgn) guest edited New City Reader’s Classified Section – Download the PDF Respond to any classified or other content at: “The Leagues and Legions’ New City Reader Classified section maps longing, desire, guilt and regret in the city, as well as the city’s perceived losses and expressed desires through advertisements. The classifieds, while historically and economically tied... Read The Rest →

TRANSURBAN 03/04 – A critical view of two Spanish eco-cities

In the Summer of 2009 Andrew Tenbrink (MLA ’09) and I traveled to Spain to document two (self-identified) eco-cities for publication in the TransUrban book series — published by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. We studied the policies and politics that brought these developments into being as well as the urban, landscape, and architectural techniques used to build them. Since, we have worked with GSD professors Christian Werthmann and Thomas Schroepfer and with DDes Limin Hee to finish the research, formulate a critique, and now publish two books out... Read The Rest →

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