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Guide to the Casey Danson student work, 1972-1975

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Danson, Casey Coates
Casey Danson student work, 1972-1975
2 linear ft: 1 portfolio
This collection documents Casey Danson's studies in the Parsons' Environmental Design program from 1972-1975. Materials include drawings and studies for three projects, as well as a silent color super-8 film capturing street life in Danson's neighborhood on the upper west side of Manhattan.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Casey Danson student work, KA.0117, box __, folder __, Kellen Design Archives, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, New York.

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Biographical note

Casey Coates Danson grew up on the north shore of Long Island, New York. She attended Lasell College in Boston and graduated with a BFA in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design in 1975, after which she went to work for the Cambridge-based architect Benjamin Thompson.

In the 1980s, Danson and her then husband, Ted, founded the non-profit advocacy organization, American Oceans Campaign. In 1996, Casey Danson went on to establish Global Possibilities, a non-profit organization working to promote renewable energies in the built environment as an alternative to fossil fuels. In 2007, she produced a documentary film, Who's Got the Power?, which analyzes the connection between fossil fuels and global warming, and promotes the value of renewable energy alternatives.

Danson has designed and lived in solar-powered homes, continuing a professional focus that dates back to the energy crisis of the 1970s, and to her studies in Environmental Design at Parsons. In addition to her interest in promoting renewable energies, Danson has also examined the issue of homelessness, producing a photography book titled Angels Unaware.


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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives March 25, 2014

66 5th Ave./
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the Kellen Design Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

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Related Materials

Researchers may also wish to consult the Kellen Design Archives’ additional holdings of student work from the Interior Design and Environmental Design Departments.

The Kathy Madden student work files in the Academic departments, programs and schools records group (PIC.02.001.1) include documentation on the Eatons Neck project from 1973.


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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Parsons School of Design. Environmental and Interior Design Department.


  • Site plans.
  • Student projects.


  • Architecture -- Environmental aspects.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Casey Danson student work, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/KA0117.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Projects: Eatons Neck, circa 1975  k_10 1
k_OSxx-4 1
k_OSxxx-5 1
Projects: Film showing street life on upper West Side of Manhattan (10:15, Super-8, color, silent) 

Filmed in the neighborhood where Danson lived while she attended Parsons.

Title Box Folder
Projects: Grace Plaza, between 1972 and 1975  k_OSxx-4 1
Projects: Rockingham Community Development proposal, circa 1974  KA mixed OSxx-4 1
Photograph: Class session with tensegrity 

Collection guide Last Updated: 09/28/2015

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