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Casey Danson student work

Identifier: KA-0117-01

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection documents projects completed by Casey Coates when she was a student in Parsons School of Design's Environmental Design program between 1972 and 1975. Materials consist of sketches on tracing paper, site plans, land use, climate, and systems studies for three building projects, as well as a silent, color super-8 film capturing street life in Danson's neighborhood on the upper west side of Manhattan.


  • 1972 - 1975



0.1 Cubic Feet (1 portfolio)

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

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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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Casey Danson, 2010.

Related Materials

Researchers may also wish to consult the New School Archives’ additional holdings of student work from the Interior Design and Environmental Design Departments, in Parsons School of Design academic departments, programs and schools collection (pre-2009 accessions) (PC.02.01.01) and Parsons School of Design academic departments, programs and schools (PC.02.01.02).

The Kathy Madden student work files also in the Parsons School of Design academic departments, programs and schools collection (pre-2009 accessions) (PC.02.01.01) include documentation on the Eatons Neck project from 1973.

Guide to the Casey Danson student work
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
March 25, 2014
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