On the Question of #whOWNSpace

It has happened slowly. Many of us have not even noticed. Little by little, the cities we inhabit — malls, shopping centers, movie theaters, private plazas, parks, and in some unfortunate places even entire streets and neighborhoods — become increasingly privatized. Yet many of us do not often stop and ask ourselves what this means and what we are losing in the process. What happens to democracy when we do not have the spaces to meet, organize, and collectively plan for our future? What happens when our city does not... Read The Rest →


ANNOUNCING:http://whownspace.blogspot.com/ and MAPPING NYC #whOWNSpace is a collaborative started by DSGN AGNC with Not An Alternative and DoTank:Brooklyn — three organizations that have been dealing with spatial politics. Our goals are:1- TO REVEAL conflicting rules and ownerships in the increasingly privatized and commercialized spaces that make up the contemporary neoliberal urban condition2- TO QUESTION those rules and the current state of our “public” space; discussing the intentions and conditions surrounding our open spaces3- TO ADVOCATE FOR AND PROPOSE new uses and designs that encourage more public and open spaces for... Read The Rest →

A Call to Action for the Rights of the Neighborhoods

The following statements were read at the Friends Center and at Occupy Philly in Philadelphia’s City Hall grounds on Monday, October 10, 2011, in conjunction with the 2011 Design in Action conference.Download as PDF A Call to Action for the Rights of the Neighborhoods   “It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for rethinking the American Dream. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth... Read The Rest →

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