About 601 Tully

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601 Tully is a center for engaged practice in Syracuse, NY developed by artist and professor Marion Wilson with a rotating collaborative team of 54 students and neighbors and Anda French of French 2Design. It's a site for meaningful exchange between artists, community members, and scholars in the co-production of culture.

601 Tully includes a contemporary art space, a public events space, a bookstore, a teaching garden, and Recess Cafe West.

In 2009, Wilson purchased the condemned two-story home and local drug hub, and throughout five semesters, Wilson's design/build class re-zoned, designed, renovated and now sustains the physical and programmatic aspects of 601 Tully. The collaborative team has consisted of artists, architects, environmentalists, Fowler High School students, Green Train Workforce, neighbors, and the occasional passerby.

601 Tully is made possible by the generous support of the Syracuse University School of Education, The Kauffman Foundation, The Near West Side Initiative, Imagining America, Home HeadQuarters Inc., Say Yes to Education, and National Grid.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Conversation Bench

Below are photos of the Bench that Annie and I designed and built.

The idea for our bench stemmed from the desire to create a seating arrangement that would not only be functional for a classroom, but also for the cafe being built in 601 Tully. By positioning the two seating areas perpendicular to each other, we were able to create a seating environment that promotes conversation, as the users would be almost facing each other, instead of side-by-side, like they would on a typical bench

In addition, we placed the two seats at different heights which serves two purposes. First, in the classroom setting, the different seat heights would allow children and other shorter adults [i.e.Annie... :) ]to be more comfortable, while also providing seating for taller users. Second, when used for conversations, the opposite arrangement of seating would be used. That is, children could sit on the higher seat, and adults on the lower in order to promote better eye contact between the conversing parties.

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