Gabrielle Clarke

About

Fostering slow conversation





Encouraging casual community-wide conversation and collaboration through programming and space innovation.

Challenge

Members of the Olin College of Engineering community were frustrated that the campus lacked a place where faculty, staff, and students could all feel comfortable and engage in casual conversations.

Project approach

Conversations with Olin faculty and staff suggested that a coffeeshop setting might provide a conducive environment for conversation, collaboration, and co-exisiting while working independently. Two peers and I took on the challenge of designing and launching a pop-up coffeeshop, The Acronym, in collaboration with an Olin staff member.
An aerial view of an early opening of The Acronym, a pop-up coffeeshop that occupied an unused front desk in the entry of the main administrative building at Olin College of Engineering.
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AN AERIAL VIEW OF AN EARLY OPENING OF THE ACRONYM, A POP-UP COFFEESHOP THAT OCCUPIED AN UNOCCUPIED FRONT DESK IN THE ENTRY OF THE MAIN ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING AT OLIN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING.