Gloria Lau
I am a landscape architect, urban designer, visual artist, and writer. This site is an evolving documentation of my growth. More about me

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Creative Restoration

with Claudia Maturell, Hannah Miao, and Marwa Eltahir
Through the vehicle of The Laundromat Project’s Create Change fellowship, Creative Restoration was born out of a desire to creatively engage Bed-Stuy residents in a collective, public space. It was vital for us to: (a) prioritize the voices and feedback of local residents and neighbors (b) identify neighborhood specific solutions to inform future public programming decisions.

Through community mapping, a participatory-action research method, we surveyed residents on two main questions: (1) How do you incorporate creativity into your life? (2) What resources would help you live a more creative life?

I also created a zine as a visual representation that illustrates our findings, with photos from Claudia and text from Hannah and Marwa. This offering is intended to contribute to the re-imagination of Restoration Plaza, as a public space that leverages the collective creativity of residents, artists, and community stakeholders. We hope that this asset-based design can start a progressive conversation on what we