#whOWNSpace arises from the the questions that the #occupywallstreet movement has brought up about ownership and use of open space in New York City, North America, and cities around the world. On September 17th, 2011 the Occupy Wall Street movement brought new light to the privatization of the city when a group of activists occupied Zuccotti Park, a Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) in New York City’s Financial District. POPS legislation was developed in 1961 as a way to let developers negotiate building variances, often increasing the square footage of rentable space, in return for plazas and parks that should be open and welcoming to the public for multiple uses. The legislation has led to private entities building 3.5 million square feet of areas that they control but are, in theory, public. DSGN AGNC (team lead), along with collaborators, seeks to reveal conflict, question rules, advocate for design, and finally, intervene in public space.
LINKS: #whOWNSpace Collective Site
–On the Question of #whOWNSpace by Quilian Riano, MASContext, 2012.
–Which Public? Conflict as Catalyst by Quilian Riano, ARPA Journal (Columbia University), 2014
PRESS: The Nation Magazine | Domus | Village Voice | Kaleidoscope | Polis
–Strike Art: Contemporary Art and the Post-Occupy Condition By Yates McKee, Verso Books, 2015.
–Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Spaceedited by Ronald Shiffman, Rick Bell, Lance Jay Brown, Lynne Elizabeth, New Village Press, 2012.
This project is used to:
We Create Tools that Reveal Spatial Conflict
We Question Private Space
We Question Public Space
We Advocate for Change
We Conceive of Alternatives for Collective use
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