#whOWNSpace: Observe, Diagram, Intervene
November 19th, at Noon in the three locations indicated above.
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William Whyte on urban space and the enforcement of undemocratic rules: “a stiff, clarifying test is in order.”
This Public School NYC studio/class will use design and urban theory to critically study the design, ownership, and rules of New York City's open spaces as part of the #whOWNSpace project. It will occur at three sites simultaneously in order to focus on the varying centers of control in Manhattan--both public and private. The lens for the studio will be on power dynamics around public space, focusing on the potential of open space to create democratic vitality.
Meet up: Hudson River Greenway and Warren StFacilitators: Rena Mande and Amanda Rekemeyer
Twitter: #whOWNSpace #FiDi
The Midtown (#midtown) group will focus on Bryant Park and the privately-owned public spaces (POPS) around the Bank of America headquarters.
Meet up: 42nd St and 6th aveFacilitators: Quilian Riano, Phil Grimaldi, and Melissa Frost
Twitter: #whOWNSpace #midtown
The Upper East Side (#UES) group will focus on the civic center of power that dictates many of the rules and designs of New York’s public space: NYC’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
Meet up: 64th St and 5th aveFacilitators: Aurash Khawarzad and Daniel Latorre
Twitter: #whOWNSpace #ues
At 3PM All groups meet up at the POPS inside the Bank of America headquarters for the official launch of a #whOWNSpace crowd-sourcing map of Privately-Owned Public Spaces (POPS) and POPS, publicly-owned open spaces (POOS).
This collaborative studio/class has been organized and will be led by DSGN AGNC, DoTank:Brooklyn, and Not An Alternative in collaboration with The Public School NYC