Living Lab 2nd Year Fellows

 

Group 3 Specific Learning Outcome:

Attain Competency in the gathering and critical analysis of information, using such techniques as interviewing, observation and researching primary and secondary sources.

Assignment

Problem Statement

 

The market is an innovative urban space for a variety of activities and events. There are restaurants, retailers and community gardens. In this assignment, we will use techniques of interviewing, observation and literature review to collect and analyze data on people’s response to the site. We will consider such questions as: Who uses the site? Why? What are the experiences of the vendors and users? Should such ventures be in other parts of the city?

 

Task

Visit the Dekalb Market and collect data to determine what Brooklyn residents, commuters and tourists would like to see the space developed into.  Us e the survey provided to interview people but do not limit yourself to the survey, make observations of the area and use any other appropriate resources available to you.

Format

Each group will present their findings and conclusions verbally and will provide supporting documents for their conclusion.

Schedule

9:30-10:00           Faculty Commons (Karen and Robin)

10:00-10:15          Reading Assignment

10:15-11:15         Walk over to Dekalb Market as a group.  Upon arrival, fellows will work in groups of 3 to collect data for their analysis.

11:30                    Fellows due back in Faculty Commons. Groups will be provided with all the data collected to prepare their presentations using laptops.

12:15                     Lunch(Please bring your own lunch)

12:45                     Group Presentation of Findings

1:15                        Wrap-Up

DeKalb Market

The market is an innovative urban space for a variety of activities and events. There are restaurants, retailers and community gardens. In this assignment, we will use techniques of interviewing, observation and literature review to collect and analyze data on people’s response to the site. We will consider such questions as: Who uses the site? Why? What are the experiences of the vendors and users? Should such ventures be in other parts of the city?

 

For Friday, please read the starred items. There are also lengthy bibliographies if you wish to explore these techniques further. With thanks Maura Smale.

 

DeKalb Market: A Reading List

 

*DeKalb Market

http://dekalbmarket.com/

Especially read the about and urban space sections

 

*Fabricant, Florence “DeKalb Market Opening in Brooklyn”, New York Times, July 19, 2011.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/dining/dekalb-market-opening-in-brooklyn.html

 

*DeKalb Market, Yelp: Real Comments, Real People

http://www.yelp.com/biz/dekalb-market-brooklyn

 

 

Overview of Techniques

*Interviews, observation and literature reviews are methods of ethnographic research. Ethnography is the study of people in their own environment through the use of methods such as participant observation and face-to-face interviewing. For an overview, go to

http://www.nps.gov/ethnography/aah/aaheritage/ERCf.htm

 

Interviews

*An excellent discussion of using interviewing

http://www.edu.plymouth.ac.uk/resined/interviews/inthome.htm

Read sections A, B1 and B4

 

Observation

*Browse through this article for some insights into the technique of observation

http://web2.ges.gla.ac.uk/~elaurier/texts/PART-OB.pdf

 

For a more comprehensive discussion and bibliography, go to

http://www.edu.plymouth.ac.uk/resined/observation/obshome.htm

Readings and Refernces

Links to current and historic info on Albee Square Development

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/sidewalks/pedestrian_projects.shtml

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/nyregion/13albee.html?_r=1

http://www.johnvdinanassociates.com/city-point-at-albee-square.html

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/30/dtg_citypointbegins_2010_07_23_bk.html

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/dwn_bklyn_ped/index.shtml

http://www.demolitionforum.com/industry-news-3/albee-square-mall-headed-demolition-2029/

http://www.icsc.org/srch/sct/sct0604/page15.php

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/dining/dekalb-market-opening-in-brooklyn.html

http://inhabitat.com/nyc/shipping-container-market-by-urban-space-management-coming-to-downtown-brooklyn/

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2011/02/09/first-residential-building-at-atlantic-yards-to-break-ground-this-year/

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