Research

Improving air quality

Co-designing with doulas

Creating meaningful metrics

Adapting wayfinding


Design

Fostering slow conversation

Playing in public

Reinventing the library

Designing an exhibit


User Experience

Telling the Soofa story

Prototyping an interface


Art

Making eye contact

Printmaking





About

Gabrielle Clarke is a human-centered designer, design researcher, and strategist from San Diego, California. She graduated from Olin College of Engineering in 2018 with a degree in engineering and a concentration in human-centered design. She loves thinking about challenging problems at the system level, and also refining small details.

She is currently a Product Design Associate at Livongo Health.


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Improving air quality 





Reducing Ultrafine Particle exposure in affected Boston communities in technically, culturally, socially, and economically sound ways in order to improve long-term health.

Challenge

In 2014, the World Health Organization found poor air quality to be a leading cause of premature death. People who live near highways, train lines, shipping lanes, and airports are exposed to significant concentrations of pollutants generated by combustion engines, such as Ultrafine Particles (UFPs), which are associated with long-term negative health effects such as asthma and cancer.

In Boston, neighborhoods closest to these pollution sources are often inhabited by underrepresented populations and low-income households, meaning that these residents are disproportionately affected by poor air quality.

Approach

Our team conducted design and technical research on possible air quality improvement interventions that could be deployed via a social venture. We received a grant from the Kresge Foundation to develop community-approved air quality improvement interventions for Reggie Wong Park, a community hub of Chinatown where residents gather to play 9-man volleyball and basketball. The neighborhood has among the highest rates of poverty in the city, with almost 1 in 4 households living below the poverty line.

Reggie Wong Park is steeped in Chinese-American immigrant tradition, and is also a place of refuge for a number of people experiencing homelessness. The park’s close proximity to two major highways and a train and subway station results in poor atmospheric air quality within the park, placing users at risk for long-term health issues.
REGGIE WONG MEMORIAL PARK IN CHINATOWN IS A CLUSTER OF FENCED-IN VOLLEYBALL AND BASKETBALL COURTS. SOME TREES LINE ONE SIDE OF THE PARK.