July 2012 Weekend Workout with miLES
July 27 – 29 | Inaugural Weekend Intensive | Brooklyn Brainery
A weekend intensive on the design process: Friday night with beers, networking and an intro to design thinking. Saturday was a deep dive into the design process, methods and best practices, and the workshop finished off on Sunday with a hands on application of skills solving a real-world problem.
For Sunday’s practice day, The Design Gym was thrilled to partner with Kristina Drury, of TYTHEdesign, who helped present the miLES project. miLES is a real life project aimed to facilitate the transformation of 212 vacant lots and stores in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Without attention, the vacant lots simply await gentrification, and with it a loss of much local history and cultural richness.
By listening, co-creating, prototyping and operating with residents of the LES, the ultimate goal is to build a movement for open and bottom-up urban planning. Representatives for the project joined us on Sunday night to hear the final presentations.
To view pictures from the weekend, check them out here.