Corcoran School of the
Arts and Design, Pro:Thesis
Design Research and Strategy
What if disputed land could be activated to alleviate hostility, build empathy, and inspire compromise?
MEDIATING CONFLICT IN SITU
McMillan Park was once used as a park space, filled with a diverse community.
Below ground, its catacomb-like cells filtered water from the Potomac.
Decommissioned and fenced off since WWII, the 26 acre site currently stands in the middle of staggering gentrification in Washington, DC, and is the focus of an ongoing battle between developers, community activists, and city officials.
Saving Space, Making Place transforms the site into a three month long interactive exhibition, designed as a conduit for resolution to inspire a path forward through the power of play, story, and collective action.
The exhibition's spatial and graphic design emphasize the unique qualities of the space, inspiring close observation and a new appreciation of its history.
Manhole Messages peppering the site are used as a wayfinding device, strategically placed to guide visitors through the experience with the voice and wisdom of urban planners.
An interactive park space above ground, Community Think Tank below, and augmented reality app throughout encourage multiple levels of experience, physically and mentally.
Alongside target audience interviews, primary research, and countless trips to Project for Public Spaces, prototypes, bubble plans, journey maps, and architectural models helped me visualize and articulate each touchpoint.