Civic Media Lunch: Christine Gaspar, "Engaging Civics: The Work of the Center for Urban Pedagogy"

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

MIT Media Lab, E15-344

RSVPs are now closed.

Christine Gaspar will present the work of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, using case studies of selected projects to share CUP's methodologies of collaborative design practice.

Gaspar is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to use art and design to to increase meaningful civic engagement, particularly among historically under-represented communities. She partners with designers and community organizations to create visually-based educational tools that help demystify complex issues from zoning law to sewage infrastructure. The projects are designed with and for advocacy organizations to help increase their capacity to mobilize their constituents on important urban issues. CUP's print, audio, video, and media projects, along with tactile interactive workshop tools, are in use by dozens of community organizers and tens of thousands of individuals in New York City and beyond. The projects have been featured in art and design contexts such as the Cooper-Hewitt Museum's National Design Triennial, PS-1, and the Venice Biennale. CUP’s work was recently awarded the Curry Stone Design Prize.

Christine has over ten years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She is currently teaching in the Design & Urban Ecologies program at Parsons The New School for Design, and was recently included in the inaugural list of 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design.