Week 1 - A River of Waste
Week 2 - The Landscape Project Part I
Week 3 - The Landscape Project Part II
Week 4 - Punk Performance Park
I have a BA from New York University, and am entering the third and final year of my MLA at the University of Virginia. Prior to attending graduate school, I worked for an environmental non-profit, where I coordinated an urban sustainability campaign to enhance Philadelphia’s environment, strengthen neighborhoods and increase the city’s economic competitiveness. I am fascinated by the significant role that the visual and spatial quality of the landscape plays in shaping a society, and conversely, the way the physical form of a place is influenced by the values of the people who live there. This relationship is particularly interesting to me when considering places shared by diverse communities, with different, and sometimes conflicting views about public space.
I am interested in the design opportunities that exist within this tension; From the power dynamics that allow some values to be prioritized over others, to the way subcultures can subvert the dominant culture’s conception of public space. Through repurposing urban infrastructure they can serve their own social, economic, and ritual functions. I have had the opportunity to explore these issues in coursework, teaching/research assistantships, and collaborative research during my time as a graduate student, and look forward to bringing this lens of inquiry to my work this summer at SWA.