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WEEKLY EMAIL: SEPTEMBER 26, 2012


Occupying Wall Street: Places and Spaces of Political Action

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JONATHAN MASSEY & BRETT SNYDER

Occupying Wall Street: Places and Spaces of Political Action

One year ago Occupy Wall Street set up camp in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan; at the same moment activists were deploying digital media to connect the movement globally. Jonathan Massey and Brett Snyder survey the physical and online protest spaces — the "hypercity built of granite and asphalt, algorithms and information" — and explore their potential to create "new publics and polities that might open up futures beyond the neoliberal state."
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PARTNER NEWS: PRATT INSTITUTE

Fall Lectures and Symposium at Pratt

A symposium and panel discussion in Brooklyn on November 8 will address the exhibition Designs for North American Cities Now. Additional lectures are scheduled throughout the fall.
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JEFFREY HOU

Beyond Zuccotti Park: Making the Public

The recent wave of citizen protests — from Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park to the streets of Athens — has brought renewed attention to the role of public space in democratic society. Here Jeffrey Hou shifts the emphasis from physical space to citizen action. We need to focus not just on ensuring the right to public assembly, he writes, but also on "the making and mobilization of the public as an actively engaged citizenry."
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PARTNER NEWS: WOODBURY UNIVERSITY

Advancing Sustainability Symposium

The student-led symposium at Woodbury’s Burbank, California, campus will feature Linda Taalman, Max Kuo, Graham Sadtler and Charles Renfro, on October 6.
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PLACES EDITORS

Recent Awards from ASLA and AIANY

Places contributor David Heymann received ASLA’s 2012 Bradford Williams Medal for his article “Landscape Is Our Sex.” Kate and Andrew Bernheimer and their collaborators received an AIANY Design Award for their series “The House on Chicken Feet: Fairy Tale Architecture.”
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JONATHAN MASSEY & BRETT SNYDER

Mapping Liberty Plaza

From September 17 to November 15, 2011, activists and anarchists occupied Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. Here, in a sidebar to their essay on the physical places and online spaces of Occupy Wall Street, Jonathan Massey and Brett Snyder present their maps of the park. Drawn at six different moments, these maps "track the transformation of a staid corporate plaza into a testing ground for radical ideas about the reorganization of society."
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SANDRA VIVANCO

Latin America: A New Generation of Women Architects

A new generation of Latin American women designers has emerged in the last couple of decades. The work of several exemplary firms has been organized by architect Nora Enriquez for an exhibition, Space Through Gender, now on view in San Francisco. We're pleased to present a selection, with commentary by Sandra Vivanco.
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PARTNER NEWS: WOODBURY UNIVERSITY

New M.Arch Degrees at Woodbury

Woodbury University extends its M.Arch program to the San Diego campus, offering two-year and three-year degrees beginning in Fall 2013.
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Little Rock's Emerging Nonprofit Corridor

The non-profit sector is a major player in promoting green urbanism. Here's what's happening in Little Rock.
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