New York social change advocate desigNYC recently announced 7 new project collaborations for 2014 centered on the hot new topic of resiliency. Every year, the organization pairs non-profits with pro bono design professionals and challenges them to improve the lives of New Yorkers through collaborative design. A jury of design professionals selected the seven non-profits and their pro bono counterparts following an open call for entries.

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“Over the past four years, we have seen that some of our most impactful projects have increased the resiliency of communities by improving access to resources, quality of the built environment, or accessibility of information,” says desigNYC Executive Director Rachel Crawford. “‘Resiliency’ has been top of mind as New York continues to deal with the effects of Superstorm Sandy, but we believe that the resiliency of communities doesn’t end with flood plans — it also requires strong networks of people, services, and information. This year’s projects really address that variety of need.”

Covering all five boroughs, this year’s projects include new adult education classrooms designed by Andrew Franz Architect for Harlem’s Union Settlement Association; a multi-purpose landscape design in Brooklyn by Future Green Studio for the Fifth Avenue Committee community organization; and a mural design project designed by high school youth for a Staten Island bus station. A desigNYC advisor is assigned to oversee and help strategize goals for each collaborative project to ensure its continuity after 2014.

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