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“Fantasy Neighborhood”

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A Web Project
By (See the full team list below)
44 High School Students from Beam Center
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About this Project:

Fantasy Neighborhood is a remote internship focused on creating a collective online "neighborhood" of people and places.

Through group sharing and discussions, we were able to develop our Fantasy Persona identity and their responsibilities in the neighborhood, and create and design a Fantasy Place to add to the collaborative fantasy neighborhood.

Imagining a place, imagining a future, leads to you believing that more is possible in the real world.

The Full Team!

44 students from many schools across Beam Center's programs worked on this project as a team:

Alberson, Ben, Dio, Emely, Marlenny, Melany, Omar, Pamela, Rafia, Ricardo, Romial, Andy, Juan, Jarli, Osmar, Dhondup, Abdulwahab, Abdelraqeeb, Tanjiya, Daniela, Waleed, Samuel, Oumar, Emad, Celeste, Sara, Fady, Mahraeil, Israt, Stacy, Daimar, Biana, Carme, Abdoul, Bilel, Xiaorui, Tyhiem, Edwes, Hermon, Sofia, Pablo, Amina, Yating, Selene

Project Media


Pamela persona Rafia fantasy place Ben personal place Screen Shot 2021 05 20 at 4 17 53 PM


More About this Project

Click the link to go to our Fantasy Neighborhood website. Our neighborhood is a work in process (like all neighborhoods!) You'll see 4 different areas on the map: Fantasy Bronx on the top right, Clay Bay (Prospect Heights) on the top left, Fantasy Brooklyn International and Health Sciences on the bottom left, and Chappals Sashay (Manhattan Comprehensive and Brooklyn Frontiers) on the bottom right.

Please explore, click, scroll, and enjoy!

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Community Feedback:

Great Design
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Feedback from the Judges:

Joe Chung 👏 MFA Design and Technology Student at Parsons School of Design — Emoti-Con Judge
This is simply amazing, kudos to all of you who have created such a compelling virtual community! I love so many things about this: how you get to showcase projects using the skills you have learnt, how you have brought in things you have created in the physical/digital realms and using these as a starting point for telling compelling stories, and most importantly to me, how you have created a platform where everyone has an opportunity to showcase all your creativity. Really, really awesome work!

Eric Lewis 👏 Engineer Of Things at Power Home Remodeling — Emoti-Con Judge
Great idea for an interactive community. I love the mixed media, it was a refreshing change from the digital world we are all used to. I spent quite a lot of time learning about the people and places.

Michelle Lipira 👏 Sr. UX Designer at Adobe — Emoti-Con Judge
You all did such a wonderful job. Your quote, "Taking time to create an imaginary world, an imaginary future, leads to believing that more is possible in our real world, and our own futures." ... WOW. That one evoked all the feels. Using your imagination to create a fantasy world to ultimately help everyone in their own world is incredibly strong. I love this.. all of it (the collaboration, imagination, creativity, story-telling, vision, and core concept). You all nailed it!

Will Turnage 👏 Director of Technology at I&CO — Emoti-Con Judge
This is an amazing world to explore. You've got a wonderful cast of characters, a neighborhood that I can get lost in, and the way that you bring traditional art forms like hand drawing, clay sculptures and stop motion animation onto the site is exquisite.

And when you link out to the details about individual characters, I love the way you're using Google Slides to tell those stories. It's a good reminder that websites don't have to be purely HTML, you can make websites out of ANYTHING and this project shows how that's possible and can truly be a group effort. Really wonderful work from everyone involved.

Valerie Casasanto 👏 Outreach Lead, ICESat-2 Mission at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center — Emoti-Con Judge
This project is wonderful! I love the claymation and the demo. This is a super idea to create your own neighborhood and characters. The design is super playful. I love it and would love to see this further developed and realized. The team did a wonderful job!

Feedback from the Community:

marisol 👏 a High School Student from Mexico
Jimmy 👏 a Teacher from Brooklyn, NY
I’m obsessed with this project! Such a fun way to imagine better communities, futures, worlds ☄️
Fady 👏 a High School Student from New York
This was the best internship i applied for . i encourage every one to apply for it