2015 Projects
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Meet Me in the City: Urban Ecologies and the White Cane Strut
Kumar Kartik Amarnath,
Parsons The New School for Design, MS Design and Urban Ecologies

These meetings will serve as opportunities for relationship building and skill sharing in a diverse yet increasingly fragmented neighborhood.
This project aims to to assist with community-based climate adaptation and resiliency efforts for Kuala Lumpur’s historic blind population. Situated in the heart of Brickfields, the city’s oldest neighborhood, this community found a home alongside other marginalized minority populations. However, this is rapidly changing, as their neighborhood is being reshaped by mega-development projects. These developments, which include luxury apartments, shopping centers, and an ‘eco-city’ enclave, are contributing to rising levels of pollution, congestion, and the displacement of Brickfields’ numerous historically marginalized residents. This project will utilize multimedia platforms and participatory methods to develop a hub of knowledge exchange, organizing, environmental stewardship, skill sharing, and relation building aimed at community resiliency in light of these aggressive changes. Under the guidance and support of blind community leaders, this project not only aims to build capacity for Brickfields’ diverse residents, but does so from the vantage point of a much needed disabilities perspective.

 

 

 

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