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Leah Brown

Leah Brown was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She has lived in Portland, Oregon for the past decade and calls it her home. She has a scientific background, researching Glaciology, Limnology, and Marine Ecology in multiple countries, and received her Bachelors of Science in Geography at Portland State University. Though her background is in the natural sciences, to Leah, design seems the best way to look at and approach many issues. At DSI, Leah wants to take her experience and help solve the issues that challenge society today.

Thesis Projects

Community Conservation: Creating Connection Through Closure

Green spaces are important for thriving communities. This is particularly true in New York City, and evermore necessary in a time of COVID-19. By closing East River Park, a 57.5 acre waterfront park along the East River in Lower Manhattan for climate resiliency, the individuals and communities who rely on the park are losing an invaluable resource that is essential to their health and wellbeing. By connecting these communities through a park celebration event and creating a shared alternative green space map, park users will generate long term shared support for one another and strengthen community resiliency.

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