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Water Is...Brownsville
Design Workshop + MoMA Exhibit

Winter 2023

Agency - Agency | Tei Carpenter + Chris Woebken

Youth Design Center

New Public Hydrant is a series of prosthetic devices that attach to fire hydrants in order to democratize access to water in New York City. These hydrant “hacks” propose a new relationship to public utilities and infrastructure in the city. The prototypes include bottle-fill stations, a multi-species drinking fountain, and a cooling sprinkler playground.

The “Water Is… Workshop” organized with the Youth Design Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn is a design jam that engaged with youth to design with water and infrastructure as a collective resource in the neighborhood. For the exhibition, playful concept designs from the workshop were translated and developed as full scale prototypes including a solar hot water station and a sprinkler boombox.

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