Alter-Brooklyn


School of Design | Graduate Communications Design – MFA •
Students | Jason Gong, Erin McCarty, Dexin Chen •
Faculty | Woojin Lee •

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 wellbeing of its inhabitants. We then create 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.

A hanging display of a sculpture made with plants and trash debris forms a map of Brooklyn.
A hanging display of a sculpture made with plants and trash debris forms a map of Brooklyn.

This project takes a look at the disparity in the distribution of green spaces in Brooklyn by neighborhood. By analyzing the current trends in income inequality, waste management, and sustainability practices, we can futurecast and exaggerate the conditions Brooklyn residents will face in the future.

A close-up of the mushrooms and plants potted inside the map.
A closer look at the details of the live oyster mushrooms and radish sprouts that make up and represent the higher-income neighborhoods within the map of Brooklyn.
The clay and trash debris stand on an elevated surface, with the ground barren below. This area of the map depicts the lower-income neighborhoods with less access to green spaces and poorer waste management systems
An overall look at the distribution of green spaces in Alter-Brooklyn. The higher-income regions are composed of live mushrooms and lush greenery, potted inside hand-made clay structures. The lower-income regions of the map are composed of elevated trash debris, with barren earth below.
A side view of the overall installation. The glass sheet is suspended in mid-air, with the map of Alter-Brooklyn resting on top. The plants and mushrooms are contained in handmade white clay containers, while the trash debris standing on toothpick stilts reaches up to their height. Below the mushrooms and plants are rich with dirt, while below the trash debris the land is barren.