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#whOWNSpace: Observe, Diagram, Intervene


#whOWNSpace: Observe, Diagram, Intervene#UES | #midtown | #FiDi
November 19th, at Noon in the three locations indicated above. (RSVP to attend these classes)

William Whyte on urban space and the enforcement of undemocratic rules: “a stiff, clarifying test is in order.”

This Public School NY 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.

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 ave
Facilitators: Aurash Khawarzad and Daniel Latorre Twitter: #whOWNSpace #ues

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 ave
Facilitators: Quilian Riano, Phil Grimaldi, and Melissa Frost Twitter: #whOWNSpace #midtown

The Financial District (#FiDi) group will focus on the area near the Goldman Sachs headquarters. Meet up: Hudson River Greenway and Warren St
Facilitators: Rena Mande and Amanda Rekemeyer Twitter: #whOWNSpace #FiDi

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 AGNCDoTank:Brooklyn, and Not An Alternative in collaboration with The Public School NY


Activist Technology Demo Day

Activist Technology Demo Day
Saturday, January 28 3-6pm
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center 

From Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, technology has played an important role in shaping contemporary resistance and the representation of these events in the media. What new tools of protest and occupation have emerged over the past year? How does their use help to shape tomorrow’s democracies? The Urban Research Group @ Eyebeam and The Public School New York have invited activists, technologists, artists, designers, and community organizers who have a working prototype of an activist technology to occupy a worktable at Eyebeam and share their work with the public. Drawn from proposals submitted through an open call, we have selected a group of projects and communities that extend the creative use of technology and its social implications. Our interest is in creating a platform for encounter, conversation and collaboration. Visit for participating project information.

‎#whOWNSpace wants to help take back the commons in Greenpoint (not to mention NYC, the US, and around the world). It all starts with a walk, a talk, a few simple materials, and you. Join us today at 1:00pm at 155 Freeman. Design experience not required.

This Public School NY studio/class will use design and urban theory to critically study the design, ownership, and rules of Greenpoint’s open spaces and infrastructure as part of the #whOWNSpace project. The lens for the studio will be on neighborhood power dynamics around space, focusing on the potential of open space to create democratic vitality. 

Meet up: 155 Freeman St, Brooklyn 
Facilitators: DSGN AGNCDoTank:BrooklynBRUNO596 acres 
Twitter: #whOWNSpace#GRNPNT