Riker's Decided

The way in which we approached the interview process for this research was to start with the largest potential facilitator of change in the criminal justice design system and work our way down to the most granular agent of change, the local resident. At every scale of the process, stakeholders…

PASSERBY INTERVIEW NOTES// Influence DLs

Do you consider your neighborhood safe? Do you know about the Mayor's plans to close down Riker's Island? Do you support this plan? Are you aware that this neighborhood is one of the sites proposed for a location of a jail? Do you think a jail should be placed in…

PROGRESS // Decision Map Unweighted

Looking at the criteria of proximity to schools and childcare facilities as a negative and proximity to facilities that are for rehabilitation, criminal justice, transportation and hospitalization as positives we created this first draft of a decision map. More layers to be considered include real estate prices (in conversation with…

DECENTRALIZING RIKERS // Pitch Revision

The City of New York has initiated the closing of Riker's Island, to be completed by the year 2027. We cannot help but think about what the use of the island is now, what it once was and the real implications of this closing on a localized scale. This closing…

INTERVIEW w// C.O.

Our latest continued research came in the form of an interview with a corrections officer who works on "The Island". We had a more open approach to this interview as we weren't too sure what we would learn from a corrections officer since they are often painted in…

MANNAHATTA + CUBA // Reading Responses

My initial response to either reading has to do with the fallacy that either case was a true discovery of anything other than the fact that the land was already occupied. Both articles use language that suggest that the natives and Europeans lived as "neighbors" or speak of…

POLICE PRECINCT // 1HR Site Survey

Our site being Riker's Island proved difficult to gain access to for site analysis. As an extension of the criminal justice system at large, we feel that local police precincts act as the dispersed parts of Riker's. My site visit took place at the intersection of 146th st and 8th…

COSGROVE + CORNER // Reading Responses

I really enjoyed the ways in which Cosgrove was able to categroize the methods of mapping one may unknowingly do all at once. With each layer of information added, however, we as designers, statisticians and journalists should be aware of the subjectivity each layer of information applied may have. Creating…

RIKERS ISLAND // Prelim Research

One of the interesting aspects of Riker’s Island is its history being related to substandard human treatment since the beginning of 19th century, when it was owned by the magistrate Richard Riker’s. Riker’s would use his power to abuse of the “Fugitive Slaves Act”, which would allow…

READING REFLECTION // FEB 02

Flippen's approach to data analysis in the article about ease of living in certain counties in the USA leads to an obviously ill-informed conclusion as it relates to the interpretation of this data. Although the data extracted and analyzed all seem legitimate, the application of it seems to have no…