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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2020 ➔ Life Underground


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Zinah Bazarbashi (designer)
Jamie Lauren Keiles (thesis advisor)
Katherine Moriwaki (thesis advisor)


April 29 2020


Life Underground is an immersive audio experience that encourages active ridership and invites participation in the creation and documentation of the collective life of the NYC subway. A final version of Life Underground takes shape as a web application that enables users to access and navigation through a series of audio playlists as they ride the subway. Each playlist is unique to a subway line and direction, filled with crowdsourced narratives, anecdotes and soundscapes specific to the stations and the spaces in between. As a context ridden with issues, more notably throughout 2019-2020, Life Underground does not wish to fix problems, but create an experience out of the history and communal narrative of subway riders. It is designed to be an ever-changing library of transient stories, allowing rider-listeners to contribute with their personal thoughts and anecdotes, to build upon them, with their own voices.

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