|Artist||Briony Evans Hynson|
Playscape (East Baltimore) is a strategic initiative for improving access to play in underserved communities. These neighborhoods have a combination of high vacancy rates, negative social determinants of health, and relatively high percentage of residents who are children. Developing locally specific playscapes on the city-block level requires lowering barriers for communities. Using participatory, generative design processes, Playscape (East Baltimore) aims to develop tools that encourage play and empower neighbors to enrich and enjoy shared public spaces.
In partnership with: C.A.R.E. Community and Youth, Banner Neighborhoods, Operation Oliver, Come Home Baltimore Foundation, Baltimore City Health Department, Sarah Hope (Department of Parks and Recreation)
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More about 2012 MA in Social Design Thesis Show
Living and working in East Baltimore, students in the M.A. in Social Design are challenged to explore the designer’s role and responsibility in society, produce new ways of thinking, facilitate new institutional collaborations, utilize design to bring about social change and develop contexts in which their ideas can be sustained. The program implements a project-based curriculum emphasizing learning by doing; extensive studio and field experience create opportunities to work on collaborative, issue-based projects with a variety of disciplines, organizations and community members. The thesis show provides a first-hand look at the innovative approaches and ideas for positively impacting our communities.