Content, fabrication and design by the author. Masters written thesis including explanation of problem, extensive human centered design research and explanation of possible design solution.
Thesis statement: Communications design can be used as a tool to actively support existing environments. When an urban residential neighborhood becomes more attractive to renters, its existing personality may be compromised by irreversible physical and cultural changes. This thesis exploration targets shorter-term residents with the goal of maintaining long-standing, site-specific identities. When a community sees the power of empathy, it may also see itself as a self-sustaining socioeconomic ecosystem.