Re-imagining New York City — Balder / Lobman / Gonzalez Offer a Lesson in How to See

In a “revolutionary conversation” that began last night, Institute faculty Doug Balder and Carrie Lobman, joined by Argentine architect Alejandro Gonzalez, asked 10+ participants (designers, architects, students, web designers, et. al) to think about how we see the city. What is an “environment”? How do we consider the dialectical interplay between we humans as builders of environments and as beings determined by environments? Can that way of looking (i.e., more dialectically) help us relate to environments more creatively?

Learning to look at Madison Square Park

The “re-imaginers” walked through the Flat Iron district — from Madison Square Park to Union Square Park — practicing our looking skills.  Some of the questions Balder, Lobman and Gonzalez posed for consideration:

Relationally, how is the space put together?  What are the rules of usage? Who’s included/excluded? Is the construction hard, soft, private, public, sheltered, exposed? What’s going on at street level, and what’s going on in the buildings above? What was the designer trying to accomplish? Can you read the design? How is ‘money’ moving in this space? What’s working and what’s not? What do the parks and street scape tell us about New York City?

For more information on how to join in next week: call Melissa Meyer 212-941-8906 x 304.

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About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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