CENTER FOR URBAN PEDAGOGY
Why are there so many empty lots near our school? This is the deceptively simple question — posed by students at the Walt Whitman Middle School in Brooklyn — that propels The Good, the Bad, and the Empty
, a new video project from the Center for Urban Pedagogy. The students document and critique the vacant lots — mostly derelict and trash-filled — and they make the essential connection between land use and community well-being. Following our presentation of earlier CUP projects — see Bodega Down Bronx
and The Water Underground
— we are pleased to feature their latest video.
For a decade now Justin Partyka has been combining his training as a folklorist and skill as a photographer to document the deep-rooted but now fragile agrarian community in his native East Anglia — a place "where traditional methods and knowledge still matter, and where identity is shaped by the landscape." Continuing our August emphasis on the pictorial, we present a portfolio of his work. As part of our presentation, Justin Partyka encourages comments and questions, which he'll be ready to respond to.
NORTH BROOKLYN PUBLIC ART COALITION
An Open Call for Sound Artists
The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) is pleased to announce an open call for Brooklyn–based artists to propose projects for an upcoming sound installation to be displayed for the greater North Brooklyn community in Spring 2011.
Artists are invited to submit proposals through August 30, 2010. The selected artist will be notified on September 15, 2010.
For more information, please visit: http://nbpac.wordpress.com/
LUTHER THIE, KATHRINE WOREL
This month — in the spirit of August — we'll be focusing on pictorial features. First up is "Frontiers." In the past year the photographers Luther Thie and Kathrine Worel have been documenting houses "on the forefront of our interaction with the economy and the environment." Their investigation took them to the San Joaquin Valley town of Merced, a few years ago one of the white-hot real-estate markets of California, today the site of half-built ghost-town subdivisions. And it took them to the Pacific coast enclave of Malibu, where the combined effects of global warming and environmental engineering are eroding the famous beaches, and the multimillion-dollar homes are vulnerable to being swept out to sea.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2003
Tim Hursley photographs the pro-bono buildings of the Rural Studio and the legal brothels of Nye County, Nevada.
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture
The work of the students here at Pratt shows a clear appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of architecture today, as the mission of the school is dedicated to design and a complete understanding of the making of cities and buildings. The spirit of advancing architectural ideas in terms of both form and technique is at the essence of the transformation of contemporary design.