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James Dunphy

James Dunphy

James is a Queens-born graphic designer / problem solver looking to contribute to innovative projects with a social impact. ... more

James Dunphy

James is a Queens-born graphic designer / problem solver looking to contribute to innovative projects with a social impact. His work is primarily centered around typographic design and branding along a wide range of media. After graduating from Parson School of Design as a Valedictorian in Communication Design, he moved to Portland, Oregon to work for Nike. Three amazing years later, he moved back to NYC to pursue life as a freelance designer, currently working towards creating amazing work for organizations that he admires and on projects that he believes in.

James was a 2013-2014 Public Access Design Fellow.

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Rayna Huber Erlich

Rayna Huber Erlich

Architect and Urban Designer Rayna Huber Erlich has worked on “Entry Sequence.”

Rayna Huber Erlich

Architect and Urban Designer Rayna Huber Erlich has worked on “Entry Sequence.”

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Nayelly Escobar

Nayelly Escobar

Nayelly was a BCCP student in the I Heart East New York Urban Investigation.

Nayelly Escobar

Nayelly was a BCCP student in the I Heart East New York Urban Investigation.

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Julia Espero

Julia Espero

Julia is CUP’s summer intern. She is currently pursuing a BA at Stanford University in Urban Studies and Social ... more

Julia Espero

Julia is CUP’s summer intern. She is currently pursuing a BA at Stanford University in Urban Studies and Social Change. She loves learning about the multidimensional aspects of people and their stories manifested into art. In her own life, she’s explores the Filipina diaspora in her artwork and scholarship. As a person of the world, she’s invested in practicing and finding ways to hold and actively create space for individuals and communities to live healthy and full lives. 

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Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans

Matthew was an intern at CUP. He recently graduated from the Academy of Innovative Technology. In the fall, he will be ... more

Matthew Evans

Matthew was an intern at CUP. He recently graduated from the Academy of Innovative Technology. In the fall, he will be attending SUNY Cobleskill to study Culinary Arts. He is a former intern at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and was drawn to CUP because they also did work surrounding housing rights. Also, he loves the creative aspects of CUP’s projects. He hopes to take his experience from CUP and incorporate the knowledge he gains this summer towards his goal of bringing food and health justice to low-income, minority New Yorkers.

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 Everyday We

Everyday We

Everyday We is a research-driven, collaborative design studio that uses design to translate pressing public and social ... more

Everyday We

Everyday We is a research-driven, collaborative design studio that uses design to translate pressing public and social urban issues into innovative communication strategies, services and programs. Everyday We collaborates with designers, educators, advocates, students, and communities in order to create opportunities for discovery around the everyday. Amy Findeiss and Christopher Patten believe that by closely analyzing these behaviors we can amplify community knowledge and networks into new models of ownership, governance, and public policy through communication and awareness.

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 Families For Freedom

Families For Freedom

Families For Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing deportation. It is a ... more

Families For Freedom

Families For Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing deportation. It is a source of education and action for directly affected families, and an organizing support center for directly affected communities.  FFF works for change through community mobilization, legal advocacy, media work, and congressional outreach. FFF collaborated with CUP on the MPP Immigrants Beware!

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Petra Farinha

Petra Farinha

Petra Farinha is a NY Interaction Designer with several years of experience. She works at Purpose as the Lead Interaction ... more

Petra Farinha

Petra Farinha is a NY Interaction Designer with several years of experience. She works at Purpose as the Lead Interaction Designer and co-manager of the Design Department. From developing websites for large scale collective action for nonprofits, political movements  to civic engagement platforms, Petra promotes and advocates for the value of design thinking and human-centered approaches. Petra studied at ITP, Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, where she explored the possibilities of technology,  their impact in our daily routines and how they are changing the way we experience cities. Before moving to NY, Petra was a freelance interaction/ visual designer and design faculty at the School of Arts and Design in Caldas da Rainha. prntscreen.net

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Students from Fast Tracked

Students from Fast Tracked

Sarai Arroyo, Kharee Boyd, Lawrence Daise, Juan Garcia, Isaiah Ortiz, Dayhana Santos, Aldo Sorcia, Chun Fung (Ronex) Tse, ... more

Students from Fast Tracked

Sarai Arroyo, Kharee Boyd, Lawrence Daise, Juan Garcia, Isaiah Ortiz, Dayhana Santos, Aldo Sorcia, Chun Fung (Ronex) Tse, Shadiq Williams, and Steven Mejas were all part of the Fast-Tracked Urban Investigation in 2011.

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Students from  Fast Trash

Students from Fast Trash

CUP worked with students from the Child School on a project about Roosevelt Island’s pneumatic garbage disposal ... more

Students from Fast Trash

CUP worked with students from the Child School on a project about Roosevelt Island’s pneumatic garbage disposal system. Those students were: José Benítez, Charlie Brister-Ramírez, Freddy Domenech, James Patrick Escalante, Avery Fennick, Isaack Nudell, Matt Patterson, Stephen Purk, Isaiah Reed.

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Ariel Fausto

Ariel Fausto

Ariel Fausto is a partner at the nationally-recognized design firm H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.  As a design ... more

Ariel Fausto

Ariel Fausto is a partner at the nationally-recognized design firm H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.  As a design leader specializing in architecture for the arts, culture and public space, Ariel is interested in design that connects people to the arts, their community and each other.  From Lincoln Center Theater’s new LCT3 to a new maritime museum in Biloxi Mississippi, Ariel spearheads some of the firm’s most ambitious projects.  He studied Environmental Design as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University, and went on to receive a Masters of Architecture from MIT.

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Hatuey Ramos Fermín

Hatuey Ramos Fermín

Hatuey Ramos Fermín is an educator and multimedia artist who uses photography, video, installation, ... more

Hatuey Ramos Fermín

Hatuey Ramos Fermín is an educator and multimedia artist who uses photography, video, installation, graphics, performance, intervention, maps, sounds, and social and curatorial practices to creatively investigate issues related to urban space. His work is informed by the documentary and the fine arts.

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Stephen Fiehn

Stephen Fiehn

Stephen Fiehn is an artist from Chicago, now based in Brooklyn, working in collaboration, performance, sound, visual art, ... more

Stephen Fiehn

Stephen Fiehn is an artist from Chicago, now based in Brooklyn, working in collaboration, performance, sound, visual art, and writing. He co-founded the collaborative art duo Cupola Bobber in 2000 and the sound group Fessenden in 2005. Other recent collaborative projects include: Let us think of these things always. Let us speak of them never.(2010) and Testimony 2.2 (2013) with Every house has a door. His work has been shown across the U.S. and Europe.  Most recently, Stephen worked with CUP and the Academy of Urban Planning on a two week class consisting of a series of micro-investigations viewing federal, state, and city governments through the businesses and streets of a small area in Brooklyn, NY. The class culminated with the production of a booklet titled Field Guide to Federalism: Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York in collaboration with designer Jennifer Korff.

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Students from  Field Guide to Federalism

Students from Field Guide to Federalism

Students from the Academy for Urban Planning in Mr. Sandoval’s 9th grade US History class worked with CUP on Field ... more

Students from Field Guide to Federalism

Students from the Academy for Urban Planning in Mr. Sandoval’s 9th grade US History class worked with CUP on Field Guide to Federalism

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 Fifth Avenue Committee

Fifth Avenue Committee

Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. (FAC) is a not-for-profit, community-based organization in lower Park Slope and South ... more

Fifth Avenue Committee

Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. (FAC) is a not-for-profit, community-based organization in lower Park Slope and South Brooklyn. FAC’s mission is to advance social and economic justice in South Brooklyn. They develop and manage affordable housing and community facilities, create economic opportunities, organize residents and workers, offer student-centered adult education and combat displacement caused by gentrification. FAC contributed to the development of What is Affordable Housing?

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Esmeralda Figueroa

Esmeralda Figueroa

Esmeralda was a CUP intern. She is a rising senior at the Academy of Urban Planning. She looks forward to going to college ... more

Esmeralda Figueroa

Esmeralda was a CUP intern. She is a rising senior at the Academy of Urban Planning. She looks forward to going to college to study business and management and later pursue a career in art and design.  She spends her free time sketching and enjoys trying new techniques to better her art skills.  She is passionate in keeping people united by using different forms of art to help express one another.

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The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society, founded in 1967, supports a broad array of alternative-to-incarceration and reentry initiatives for ... more

The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society, founded in 1967, supports a broad array of alternative-to-incarceration and reentry initiatives for people with criminal records. Fortune founded the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP) to coordinate Fortune’s policy development, advocacy, technical assistance, training, and community education efforts. DRCPP promotes programs that support people with criminal records, and works to change the laws and policies that create counterproductive barriers to the successful reentry of people with criminal records into our communities. The Fortune Society Collaborated with CUP on the MPP Barriers to Reentry.

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James Frankis

James Frankis

James’ core focus is on how design can help to empower people to discover new information and understand complex ... more

James Frankis

James’ core focus is on how design can help to empower people to discover new information and understand complex problems. During his undergrad, in Information Design he designed ways to explain complex scientific information through visualization and interaction design. This led him to being hired by the National Science Museum in London as a designer, where he worked on both exhibition and print design. James is now studying for an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons. His work at Parsons has dealt with topics as diverse as making Neuroscience cool, food access in NY and youth empowerment in slum populations. jamesfrankis.co.uk

James was a 2013-2014 Public Access Design Fellow.

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Helki Frantzen

Helki Frantzen

Helki Frantzen received her BFA and MFA degrees from Bard College. For the last five years, she has worked as a teaching ... more

Helki Frantzen

Helki Frantzen received her BFA and MFA degrees from Bard College. For the last five years, she has worked as a teaching artist and filmmaker, creating educational and collaborative new media projects with teens in Brooklyn, working with organizations such as the NYC Parks and Recreation department, Adobe Youth Voices and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.  She worked as a teaching artist with CUP to produce “The Internet is Serious Business” and “What the Cell?”

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Omar Freilla

Omar Freilla

Omar Freilla has been named one of “The New School of Activists Most Likely to change New York City” by City ... more

Omar Freilla

Omar Freilla has been named one of “The New School of Activists Most Likely to change New York City” by City Limits magazine (2000). Raised in the South Bronx, where he continues to live, he has gained international recognition as an outspoken environmental justice activist who has dedicated himself to seeking solutions to the disproportionate environmental impacts faced by low-income communities of color. He is the founder and director of Green Worker Cooperatives (GWC), an organization dedicated to the creation of worker-owned and environmentally friendly businesses in the South Bronx. Through GWC, he is working to develop ReBuilders Source, the first worker-cooperative reuse center for building materials that will help create a new generation of “green collar” jobs and help reduce the generation and export of waste. His writing on community opposition to transportation racism in New York City was published in 2004 by South End Press in the book “Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity” edited by Robert Bullard. Omar has received numerous awards for his work including the Open Society Institute’s New York City Community Fellowship, the Union Square Award for grassroots activists, the Environmental Leadership Program fellowship, and the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism. He has also been featured in the 2007 environmental documentary “The 11th Hour” produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Omar was an MPP juror.

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