Photos: Bond Street Bash 2022

May 17, 2022

Bond Street Bash, May 12, 2022. Photo: Cameron Blaylock

Thank you to our Van Alen community

On May 12, 2022, we welcomed our community to our Gowanus home for this year’s Bond Street Bash. Between catching up with friends and dancing into the evening, we heard from Jing Liu of SO-IL and Leslie Ramos of Jackson Heights’ 82nd Street Partnership about their collaborative design process. As part of Neighborhoods Now, they knocked on doors of small businesses struggling amidst the pandemic and asked: How can we help?

Jing observed, that’s not how a design process usually begins.

That’s how it should begin.

At Van Alen Institute, we design with, not for. Design must be rooted in trust, built with the people it serves. Building trust takes time, and we’re profoundly grateful for the long term commitment of last night’s Neighborhoods Now honorees.

We’re only as strong as the relationships we have, and that strength was very much in evidence last night. Thank you for inspiring us and powering forward community-led inclusive design every day.

Check out photos from the evening below! (Click any photo to enlarge.)