Week Ahead 22 September
A few things happening in the coming week or so:
Monday, 22 September (6:00 p.m.)
Hitting the Streets, from Harlem to East New York
Dramatic videos that investigate New York City neighborhoods from an on-the-ground perspective. This screening will showcase the results of an innovative workshop in which students from Hunter College's Urban Affairs & Planning and Integrated Media Arts (IMA) programs explored the use of media for community organizing aimed at improving the quality of local environments. The evening includes the installation HAVEMEYER STREET. This installation begins with several hanging prints depicting developer fantasies of new luxury condo buildings in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Behind the prints, two video screens show the reality of how people on two sides of one street in transition experience the process of gentrification in this area. The video progresses down the street, examining different spaces and meeting diverse business owners and residents.
Where: Hunter College's Lang Auditorium, North Building, 4th Floor (the North Building is located on 69th Street between Park and Lexington, on the south side of the street).
Cost: FREE and open to the public (with a reception to follow).
Saturday, 27 September (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Toxic Hazards & Cultural Treasures.
Join the winner of this year’s Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Achievement on a bus tour highlighting issues of environmental justice in Harlem. This tour will examine how noxious hazards such as garbage and bus depots — often place there by the city government — co-exist with some of the city’s cultural treasures, such as the museums and arts institutions of “El Barrio,” Marcus Garvey park and the new Harlem Waterfront Park. Leader: Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT).
Where: Meet at WE ACT offices 71 West 125th Street, #308, just east of Frederick Douglass Boulevard next to the Blimpie and Duane Reade stores.
Cost: Limited space. $25, $20 MAS members/students. Purhcase tickets online or call 212-935-2075.
Monday, 29 September (6:30 p.m.):
Concrete Realities: Preserving Modern Concrete Architecture.
The Columbia Historic Preservation Program and DOCOMOMO US have organized a debate on the preservation of modern concrete architecture (particularly relevant if you've been watching the progress at Austin Nichols). Speakers include architect Mark Pasnik, conservator Norman Weiss and historian Tim Rohan. Theo Prudon of DOCOMOMO US is the moderator. (This panel is a prelude to a three-day conference at Columbia entitled "Solid States: Changing Time for Concrete - the Second Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials", which will start on 1 October.)
Where: Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, Columbia (116th & Broadway).