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el Timbiriche: El Puente’s Mobile Wellness Unit

 
El Puente’s Green Light District  has been awarded a design grant as part of the designNYC program - a creative platform that links socially conscious professional designers with exemplary nonprofits in New York City to develop a project together. One of the many advantages of this program is the opportunity to work with highly trained designers without the burden of a large commission. El Puente has been fortunate to be assigned two outstanding designers: Farzana Ghandi of FG Design Studio, and NYIT and SoAD professor; and graphic designer Pablo Delcán. 
 
Image credit: Pablo Delcán.
 
Since February of this year, Green Light District staff, along with Los Sures community members, have been working closely with these designers to create what we have named el Timbiriche: A Mobile Wellness Unit. This cart will consist of medicinal plants and herbal remedies that are common in Latino culture, and will be a way to collect and share the ways these remedies are used in the Southside of Williamsburg and beyond. 
 
In May, El Puente hosted an initial community workshop to introduce the designers to Los Sures residents and brainstorm together on how the wellness unit could be used, its functionality in the neighborhood and its unique design. This meeting was featured in Bold Magazine. On May 18th Farzana, Pablo and GLD Director Anusha Venkataraman presented on the mobile unit for Design Empathy, a panel of presentations organized by desigNYC at Wanted Design during NYCxDESIGN design week
 
Left to right: Anusha Venkataraman, Farzana Ghandi and Pablo Delcán.
 
The project continues to build momentum this summer and we are looking forward to our next community event next Wednesday, July 24 where our designers will present their initial designs and strategy for creating el Timbiriche and collect feedback from local residents who will engage with the unit once it’s built. More information can be found on our flyer below. 
 
Please join us next Wednesday for this meeting! Bring your ideas, your creative talents and expertise to make el Timbiriche come to life! 
 
 
For more information and to RSVP for next week’s event, contact Anusha Venkataraman: avenkataraman@elpuente.us / (718) 387-0404 x 31.