The Ringling: Accessibility Assessment

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Ornate features and stained glass windows of the back of the Ca' d'Zan mansion at the Ringling Estate

Recommendations for Accessibility Strategies

Turnstile Studio was commissioned to produce an assessment with recommendations and resources for increasing accessibility for all visitors at The Ringling’s 66-acre campus, including the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, Historic Asolo Theatre, Ca’ d’Zan mansion, and the Bayfront Gardens. The results of the assessment were informed by a review of visitor and training materials, a three-day site visit, meetings with department heads, and a survey conducted with more than 300 volunteers and staff. The final report included survey reports, as well as general recommendations in the following four areas: 1) Physical accessibility and navigation; 2) Visitor services and effective communication; 3) Institutional capacity building; and 4) Staff training. 



Four Freedoms Park: Social Welfare & the City Field Trip

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Research supporting educational field trips to Four Freedoms Park using the visible landscape to tell the history of public housing in New York City

Turnstile Studio was selected by the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy to conduct supporting research for an educational program focusing on the history of social welfare in New York City. Using the landscape visible from the park, located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in the East River, we identified a series of structures that typified different modes of housing to trace the history of housing for New Yorkers in need from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Research included examining primary and secondary source materials from local archives, including the New-York Historical Society, the New York City Municipal Archives, the New York Public Library, and the La Guardia and Wagner Archives at La Guardia Community College.


Essex Street Market: Historical Research for Infographic

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The outside of a market that's painted colorfully with designs that include painted vegetables, fruit, and geometric shapesDrawing from already existing original research that Turnstile Tours conducted to lead public tours of the Essex Street Market, Turnstile Studio was commissioned by the Essex Street Market Vendors Association to research, develop, and curate a historical content document to support the design and creation of an infographic that will be installed inside the market. This research project included producing an annotated synopsis of the history of the Essex Street Market and New York City’s public market system, focusing on milestone moments, historical tidbits, and vendors’ stories, as well as providing suggestions for visual materials to feature in the infographic. Primary source materials were drawn from sources at the New York City Municipal Archives, New York City Department of Records, the Municipal Library, and the New York Public Library, as well as from online newspaper archives, including the New York Times, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and other newspapers.


BLDG 92 & Brooklyn Historical Society: Brooklyn Navy Yard STEM and Sustainability Research

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The LEED-Platinum certified Broklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. Credit Andrew Gustafson

Research and content development for STEM-based K-12 programs

In 2014, Turnstile was commissioned by the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 to create a research document about STEM and sustainability-related topics, both historical and contemporary, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This research project was designed to be the content foundation for the development of STEM-based K-12 programs at the Yard. (more…)