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Adam Lubinsky

Location:

Remote

Recorded by

Rachel Meirs

Summary:

This interview with Adam Lubinsky was conducted remotely on December 4, 2020 from his home in Brooklyn, NY. Adam is the Managing Principal at WXY Studio, where recent projects have included the desegregation of District 15 in Brooklyn, and an attempt to address and reduce COVID-19 risk for students arriving at a charter school. Adam talked about these projects in his previous interview, and shared the progress and failures of that work during this interview. Since Adam's work and experience focuses on school issues from a more structural point of view, he shared points of tension between structural solutions and immediate needs of parents, teachers, and students, and the sensitivity one needs to have to inequities that arise as these different needs are expressed. Adam is also the father of a teenage daughter, and he talked about what kind of insights and understandings he has working both on big-picture systems, and being a parent, and the challenges he sees to bridging the perspective between systems thinking and frightened individuals. Adam also speaks about how his daughter has been managing remote learning and isolation from her friends, and how she and her pod negotiate COVID risk between themselves and their families across different neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Interviewer Bio:

Rachel Meirs is an artist and musician currently living in Brooklyn, New York on the unceded land of the Lenape people. In her woodcuts, paintings, and sound-based work, she uses food as a jumping off point for exploring family, care, and bodies. She received her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University in 2019, where she began her still ongoing research on creative gig workers and health care access. 

Additional Info:
Interview language(s):
English
Audio quality:
Medium

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