DSGNAGNC.com is back…

What do you do when your website is hacked and you lose over two year’s worth of content? You rebuild and add! Today we relaunch a post-hack dsgnagnc.com — with new content! Although some of our content is gone forever, you can now read about a few new projects such as: –La Casita Verde, –La Mision Campus, and –ShareWhat?!. More coming soon…

Santa Cruz Visible: Studio Report

READ THE FULL SANTA CRUZ VISIBLE STUDIO REPORT. Last semester anthropologist Alessandro Angelini and I (Quilian) co-tought a travel design studio. The studio was offered by the Design and Urban Ecologies program at Parsons, The Newschool of Design. This new masters program studies the city by emphasizing a radical collaboratively environment where designers and social/political scientists work side by side to help students gain a broad understanding of the complex economic, political, social, environmental, and physical forces that influence urban growth and development.

#FolkMoMA :: Chutes and Ladders

#FolkMoMA is a crowdsourced protest/call for design ideas to draw/sketch/photoshop/collage possibilities of interaction between the American Folk Art Museum and MoMA buildings. My quick entry to this call for ideas is Chutes and Ladders - a project that envisions what would happen if groups collectively created new paths, breaking parts of both museums to bring them together.


Full list and Interactive Diagram Showing Connections and Densities of DSGN AGNC Activities in 2012. We have began 2013 in DSGN AGNC looking forward to a year of designs, actions, events, publications in partnership with a variety of groups. One thing we know for sure, we will continue to explore the expanded role of critical discourse, architecture and design in the building of communities. We look forward to sharing information on events and actions with you throughout the year (subscribe to our updates). Thanks for your ongoing support and feedback, we view it as a key part of our ongoing critical explorations. Read More...

Corona’s Plaza: Diagram and Research Action

During the Fall of 2012, NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) closed the street and parking area at Corona Plaza, thus setting the stage for a new commons in Corona, Queens. DSGN AGNC was commissioned by the Queens Museum of Art to help activate the new public space with a series of interventions that engage the community to create a proposed redesign of the plaza. The Diagram and Research Action is the initial phase and serves to identify the issues and hidden urban conflicts affecting the community of Corona and thus the plaza. Our approach looks at the spatial dynamics of Corona Plaza as an exemplification of the socio-political issues within the community. As part of a series of conversations with the local community, this research will result in a design for a space that builds social connections and provides opportunities for recreation, education, commerce etc. Read More...

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 →


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 →

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 →


My resolution for the new year? To blog more! Much was left unsaid in 2010. Over the next few weeks I will be updating the blog with things that have happened in the last few months that I never got a chance to comment on. I will also be updating what is next for DSGN AGNC as we go into 2011. Happy New Year. q

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