#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 AGNC, DoTank:Brooklyn, and Not An Alternative in collaboration with The Public School NY