Creating Places for Dialogue
Buscada works with communities and organizations to make safe spaces for dialogue and the emergence of new knowledge on complex, often contested, urban questions. We use art, design and social research, fostering the nuanced exchange, careful listening, and expression of diverse lived experience critical for building a more just city.
We’d love to work with you if your organization wants to:
• engage with creative placemaking
• make connections between cultural programs and city communities
• communicate how housing or sense of place changes people’s lives
• use cultural organizing and public history in your advocacy work
• resolve community conflict
Buscada is available for long and short term engagements, including long-term relationships to create whole projects or on retainer as consultants, as well as shorter-term advisory sessions or leading workshops for organizations’ staff.
If you need expertise in creative modes of community participation, visitor engagement, or urban research, let’s talk. Or – if your organization would like to incorporate new ways of connecting with people’s urban histories, we can work with you to to develop a project from the ground up. We frequently consult on grant applications, and build ongoing collaboration into the grant.
Our fields of expertise
Digital & public humanities
Place-making & place-keeping
What we do
Social research, Design, Photography, Strategy, Curation, Teaching
What we make
Exhibitions, Research, Conferences, Public art, Photography, Documentaries, Websites, Books, Educational projects
A selection of our work
Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani is an urbanist, photographer and curator. Principal of Buscada, she also teaches Urban Studies and Arts & Social Engagement at the New School. She holds a doctorate in Environmental Psychology from the Graduate Center, CUNY and was previously Associate Director of Civic Engagement and Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at the New School, as well as Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College, University of London. Using art-based social research, Gabrielle explores the lived experience of contested everyday spaces – be they neighborhoods, housing or parks. She has worked on projects in London, Buenos Aires, San Francisco and New York, and has exhibited at institutions including the Center for Architecture New York, MIT and UC Berkeley. Her scholarly work has been published in journals including Visual Studies, Society & Space : Environment & Planning D, Space & Culture, Places and Urban Omnibus, and she is co-founder of the Urban Encounters conference on visual urbanism, held annually at the Tate Britain.
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Kaushik Panchal is a designer and strategist with over 18 years of experience creating simple, compelling, tactile experiences for a wide range of media including interactive TV, web, print and exhibition design. Kaushik brings his strong design process to every project, employing a clear design methodology to understand the specific questions a project seeks to address, and to create innovative solutions to communicate the project goals. Having lived and worked in London, New York and San Francisco, he has worked with a wide range of companies including large corporations such as the BBC, Apple and Yahoo, as well as arts / education and non-profit organizations like MIT, Scholastic, PBS, the SVA and the Center for Architecture.