Our fifth Forefront Urban Experience Design event explores how crowdfunding technology changes our options for financing projects for the public good. The evening will bring together two very different civic projects made possible by equally different crowdfunding platforms.

Katie Lorah, Patrick Smith, and Layman Lee will discuss their collaborative and unique Livonia Avenue El-Space Challenge, a partnership between NYC Department of Transportation, Brownsville Partnership and ioby. This call for proposals, developed between the City of New York and ioby, connected community leaders in Brownsville with the funding and support to reimagine the space beneath and adjacent to the elevated train structure (“el-space”) along Livonia Avenue. Winning proposals received a 3:1 match from the City, and resulted in several creative, short-term placemaking projects that transformed the Livonia Ave el-space into a vital, dynamic community asset.
Archie Lee Coates IV and Stephanie Pereira will present the above pictured Plus Pool project, a proposed 20,550 SF public pool that would float in the East River and filter and release the water. Archie and the Plus Pool team got their start with a record breaking Kickstarter campaign. Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter help to get large-scale, innovative projects like Plus Pool off the ground, but what role do they play after initial investment? Who is the audience that is able to contribute to these campaigns that shape our built environment?

The event will close with a roundtable discussion between the speakers and Fellows.