Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Design is Big in Japan (We Think)

Japanese Kensetsu Architecture, Construction and Engineering News Daily highlights New Design. We are not sure what they are saying but we think they are highlighting the work we do with the Center for Architecture Foundation and their Learning By Design Program. Each year the Design Department at New Design partners with the Learning By Design program to work on large build projects on the roof of the school. The idea is to use architecture as a vehicle for fostering learning and discovery to inspire creative thinking and problem-solving.

New Design students recently attended a Center for Architecture Build a Wall Program.

Take Part Highlights New Design Graduate

Digital Media website, Take Part, highlights New Design High School Graduate Juan Nizama:

When Hunter College's spring semester begins on January 28, transfer student Juan Nizama will blend in perfectly with his pre-med peers. The serious and determined young man will be one among many working steadily in pursuit of his dream: becoming a doctor.

His professors and his classmates may never know the full story behind Juan’s shy smile—or why Juan’s quiet presence among them is so remarkable.


Juan Nizama was born and raised in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. One of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in New York City, Bushwick is known for drugs, crime, violence and urban decay.

As a young boy in elementary and junior-high school, Juan enjoyed being a student and excelled academically. Everything changed once he entered high school.

Like many of his peers, he became disengaged and succumbed to the lure of the streets.

Read full article here.

Fashion Week

The New York City Department of Education (DOE), the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week producer IMG Fashion, and Lincoln Center today welcomed some of our New Design High School students, and fashion teacher extraordinaire Julie Zenobi, who are interested in entering the fashion industry to hear from top designers and industry leaders at the second annual Life in Fashion Forum. Panel members included Patrick Robinson, Executive Vice President of Global Design for the Gap; Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer of BCBG Max Azria Group; Lori Goldstein, Stylist; and Terron Schaefer, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer for Saks Fifth Avenue. The event was held at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and moderated by Teri Agins, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and author of “The End of Fashion.”

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Design Hits the Airwaves

Coming this Spring to NBC is the new show Cause Celeb. The show, hosted by Cat Greenleaf, introduces viewers to celebrities who give back to causes. Each week the show will accompany a different celeb on a trip through their past to explore the issues that have shaped them, and watch as they partner with charitable groups to make a difference. The first show documents Rosie Perez and the work she does as head of the Artistic Board of Urban Arts Partnership. The show with Rosie highlights New Design and the challenge faced two Seniors, Tamika Cruz and Michael Dela Cruz to pass the New York State Regents Exam using the UAP's Fresh Prep that has been developed and piloted in partnership with New Design High School. New Design is using the Fresh Prep program for the Regents in United States History, Global History, English and Math. Check out more about Fresh Prep.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


The 9th Grade have been working on Sound Design producing original songs in their Music Production course. The class is part of the Urban Arts Partnership program at the school and taught by teaching artist, Jules Gimbrone. Meeting once a week over the course of the semester, students gained the skills to produce, edit, and mix their own songs using the program Garageband. Simultaneously, students investigated themes of identity, and wrote poetry that explores the effects of stereotypes. Students then recorded and mixed their poems into their instrumental tracks. Check out their work out here.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011



IKEA has got nothing on our sidetables designed for flat palette transport. Dave and Brian had the students creates cardboard maquettes and then produce these gems.