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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2019 ➔ Unintended: The Displacement of NYC


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Lauren Malkani (designer)
Katherine Moriwaki (thesis advisor)


May 21 2019


“Unintended: The new shape of NYC” explores the impact of rising sea levels and extreme weather events on Manhattan. The project examines the city as a complex system, highly dependent on the control of natural resources like land and water. The project combines strips of neon LED lights and living bacteria to remind the viewer that the data, systems and infrastructure we rely on are often mutable and leave us at risk for unintended consequences when ignored. What happens when we can’t control the water around us? When does it move from being needed to dangerous? Additionally, the project uses a “social media aesthetic” to examine how we consume information in the media and how this aesthetic may be used to our advantage or disadvantage around important issues like climate change.



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