Alter-Brooklyn – Building Sustainable Communities 2021

Erin McCarty, Dexin (Leah) Chen, Jason Gong

Collaboration analyzing materials and themes around the topic of Green Space. The group separately anaylzed the issue of increasing the use of natural materials in urban communities based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (Zero Hunger, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Responsible Consumption and Production).
We have looked into urban planning, household income, waste management, and sustainable materials for this project. Through this exploration, we became aware of the persisting issues such as income inequality, lack of green space, and unsustainable consumption that might affect both the environment and the well-being of its residents. We then created a map of an imagined future of Brooklyn separated by high and low-income neighborhoods created by using organic substances and common household waste. The map depicts the possibility of failure in the waste management system and over-consumption that could affect lower-income neighborhoods while higher-income areas flourish with green space.

Updated 08.24.2021