Innovators Network

In collaboration with Community Solutions, Brownsville Partnership, the Designers Accord, and GOOD magazine, Japan brought together designers, architects, social entrepreneurs from the U.S., Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia, to look at how design can serve as tool for solving challenging social problems.

The project focused on Brownsville, a residential neighborhood in Brooklyn that has the highest concentration of public housing in the U.S. The program included a site visit, a charrette, and a public symposium. The project identified project ideas for Brownsville that complements the work of the Brownsville Partnership.

The Design Difference

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Project Impact


The Design Difference: In Brownsville, Enormous Urban Challenges, and Hope (GOOD Magazine)

The Design Difference: Using Design to Conduct a Problem-Solving Workshop (GOOD Magazine)

The Design Difference: How You Can Propose Ideas for Brownsville (GOOD Magazine)




Casey Caplowe
Co-founder & Artistic Director
GOOD Magazine

Valerie Casey
Founder and Executive Director
The Designers Accord

Carolyn Fleischer
Program Officer, Intellectual Exchange
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership in New York

Sahar Ghaheri
Graduate Student
Pratt Institute

Rosanne Haggerty
Founder & President
Common Ground Community

Harue Ishikawa
Care Center Yawaragi

Greg Jackson
Executive Director
Brownsville Partnership

Lin Kobayashi
Executive Director
Foundation for International School of Asia, Karuizawa

Corinne LeTourneau
Director, Special Projects
Common Ground Community

Rick Lowe
Artist & Founder
Project Row Houses

Chawanad Luansang
Openspace Community Architects

Nadine Maleh
Director, Design & Construction
Common Ground Community

John Peterson
Founder & President
Public Architecture

Richard Streitmatter-Tran
Artist & Lecturer
RMIT International University, Vietnam

Ashley Thorfinnson
Graduate Student
Pratt Institute

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
Co-founder & Architect
Atelier Bow-Wow

Keiko Tsuyama
Feelance Journalist
Wall Street Journal Japan, Asashi Shimbun, Aera

Masako Umeeda
Program Director, Intellectual Exchange
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership in New York

Ania Wagner
Graduate Student
New York University

Alissa Walker
Fast Company
The Design Difference was generously funded by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Toshiba International Foundation.

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