DesigNYC, an organization that pairs nonprofits with designers, has announced its matches for the coming year. The teams applied individually for consideration last fall and were selected by a jury drawn from desigNYC’s leadership (a high-powered group of New York-based architects, designers and thinkers–check out the list here).
Yesterday the new crop of designers, who offer their services pro bono, met their designated nonprofits and designNYC advisors at a kick-off event at the Art Director’s Club in Manhattan.
Evan Bennett and Silvia Fuster, principals at Vamos Architects in Brooklyn, were charged up post meet-and-greet. “We feel fortunate to be working within an infrastructure of such experienced advisors who have set very high standards for design and professionalism. As a young office, that’s really valuable to us,” said Bennett.
Next week Vamos will have their first meeting with their desigNYC partner, Nostrand Park, to begin work on a “pop-up plaza” intended to enliven a historic section of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn. Lisa Green of Selldorf Architects will be the project’s desigNYC advisor. Other firms selected for 2011 collaborations include communication designer Rodrigo Corral, Abruzzo Bodiak Architects, Fogelson-Lubliner, OttoNY, 590BC with Studio L’Image, Language Department, architects Fink & Platt, and Publicis.
View their desigNYC partners here.
DesigNYC launched in 2010 with a stated mission to improve the lives of New Yorkers through design. Its first year desigNYC matched 12 organizations with 16 designers, and the collaborations have already yielded some impressive results on a range of scales, from Rooster Design Group‘s design of a guide to green living for the New York City Housing Authority to Robin Key Landscape Architect‘s Intergenerational Garden at Serviam Gardens, an affordable housing development in the Bronx.