Monday, November 7, 2011

#whOWNSpace: Observe, Diagram, Intervene


#whOWNSpace: Observe, Diagram, Intervene
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 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. 

The Financial District (#FiDi) group will focus on the area near the Goldman Sachs headquarters
Facilitators: 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.
Facilitators: 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
Facilitators: 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 AGNCDoTank:Brooklyn, and Not An Alternative in collaboration with The Public School NYC



  1. FYI, your link: "Privately-Owned Public Spaces (POPS) and POPS, publicly-owned open spaces (POOS)" returns a 404 Error.