SPOTLIGHT: Tiffany Piko

For our twentieth Spotlight, we have decided to add a new feature in the series and begin to highlight people who helped shape and build the Neighborhood Preservation Center. We will continue to spotlight organizations that have partnered with us and used our services and hope you also enjoy learning about some of the individuals who have come through our doors. Our first 'people' Spotlight is on Tiffany Piko, one of our Spring 2016 interns.
Tiffany just finished her first year of undergrad at Parsons /The New School for Design in NYC studying Sustainable Fashion and Design. She is from Lancaster, Ohio and chose to intern with NPC because of her strong interest in neighborhood and local history, along with the built environment.
For her Integrative Studio 2 class, she was given an assignment to create an artist book showing the relationship between a community and its interaction with public spaces. Currently on display at NPC for the remainder of this summer, the exhibit consists of four painted-wooden blocks, each depicting the front door of a building in Greenwich Village. The attached paper, folded in the shape of stoop stairs, includes information regarding the importance of stoop culture to fostering communities throughout the city. On the underside is a picture of a broken window, in reference to Jane Jacobs' theory that when a stoop is taken out or underused, crime tends to take its place. Tiffany came up with the idea while researching Jane Jacobs for an upcoming NPC program during her internship. We invite everyone to stop by the Center to see this great project!
Tiffany has also written an article for our Summer newsletter, which we have titled Video Documentation in Ohio, describing two projects she will be working on this summer. The first uses video to document the environmental effects of fracking that are taking place just outside her hometown and the possible impact on the drinking water. The short documentary, called What's in your Water, Lancaster?, includes aerial footage of the landscape taken from a sponsored plane ride. Her second project, Ohio History Hunting, was inspired by the NYC Designation Reports. She will conduct research on historic buildings in Lancaster and document their history in both written and video format, the latter which will include oral histories and visual tours of the sites. You can read her article and the rest of the newsletter here.
Thank you Tiffany for all your hard work and we look forward to hearing updates of your projects!