Red Hook Passport
The Red Hook Passport is a combined print and digital program that helps the youth of Red Hook, Brooklyn to visualize their local experience. Youth use their "passports" (physical booklets or iOS/Android digital portfolios) as an archive for places that are important to them, illustrating favourite elements and having them "officiated" by local mentors at "passport offices" (designated sites like the Red Hook Public Library). Using the digital appliaction, users can share their collection of "visas" with friends. Together, this multiplatform collection publicizes self-authored visual interpretations of space by local experts.
Red Hook, Brooklyn is one of New York City's most rapidly gentrifying neighbourhoods. Public space is decreasing due to the industrial contamination of parkland, international private development, and heightened public/private security restrictions intended to attract and retain new residents. Prior and current residents, the majority of which live in the second-largest public housing development in New York City, are often excluded from critical discussions of locality, and when included are often required to be of legal age (18+). This leaves the youth of Red Hook as those with the least amount of local authority.
I developed the Red Hook Passport as part of my graduate thesis at York University and was responsible for all content.