Neighborhood Design Fellowship: Gowanus

This work is part of Gowanus Action, an umbrella initiative; learn more about it here.


    Gowanus residents work toward the future they imagine for their community.


    Offered in partnership with Dark Matter University (DMU), our Neighborhood Design Fellowship: Gowanus is a paid, six-month program for up to 12 Gowanus residents — designers and non-designers alike — to work toward the future they imagine for their community. In 2021, our first cohort of Fellows considered ways design and art can make Gowanus a more equitable, inclusive place, and are sharing what they learn with local officials and the wider community.

    Gowanus Houses Community Center

    A project focused on making the center more welcoming, celebrating its history, and transforming the space into an informational hub for the community.


    A light installation to inform Gowanus residents about water quality of the Gowanus canal.

    2021 Fellows

    Bahij Chancey

    Planner, WXY Studio;

    Gowanus Oversight Task Force member;

    former Van Alen Fellow

    Elisa Smilovitz

    Gowanus Mutual Aid;

    former Van Alen Fellow

    Andreas Tyre


    Gowanus Houses Resident Association

    Who We’re Working With


    In the News

    Architect Magazine

    Building Relationships to Design Spatial Justice


    Design Nonprofit Launches Fellowship to Envision the Future of Gowanus

    Project Contact

    Andrew Brown

    Director of Programs