URBAN STUDIES AND THEORY

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Short but intellectually invigorating reads on the conflicted subject of public space in an increasingly privatized world
  • Writers tackle what "public" space will mean in our future from LITERARY, HISTORICAL and TECHNOLOGICAL angles. * Fiction from sci-fi writer China Mieville. * Journalistic writing about The West from Rachel Monroe, the politics of Public Art from Ben Davis, about Tokyo by Christopher DeWolf, and about NEVADA's Red Rock Desert from Terry Tempest Williams. * Jaron Lanier meditates on the Internet as a way to reimagine our ideas of Public Space
  • ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS: Ben Davis is currently the National Art Critic for artnet News, he garnered attention for his manifesto Theses on Art and Class. Chrisopher DeWolf is author of upcoming title Borrowed Spaces: Life Btwn the Cracks of Modern Hong Kong from Penguin. Jaron Lanier is a hugely popular computer theorist and a pioneer of virtual reality, author of Who Owns the Future? (2013) and You Are Not a Gadget (2010). Justin McGuirk is the chief curator at the Design Museum in Moscow. China Tom Mieville is the English fantasy fiction author of Perdido Street Station (2000) and The City & the City (2009). Terry Tempest Williams is the Provostial Scholar at Dartmouth College and author of When Women Were Birds (2012).
  • ABOUT THE SERIES: The second book in the SOM series presenting contemporary architectural ideas to a general audience. The series features writers who are experts in their field, many with sizable followings beyond the world of architecture. THE FUTURE OF THE SKYSCRAPER (9781938922787).

  

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The Future of Public Space

SOM Thinkers Series

Introduction by Allison Arieff. Text by Michelle Nijhuis, Jaron Lanier, Rachel Monroe, China Miéville, Christopher DeWolf, Ben Davis, Sarah Fecht. Contributions by Lawrence Weiner.

Routine discussions on public space typically omit a gamut of possibilities ripe for critical discussion.

This book, the latest in the SOM Thinkers series, aims to address these questions. Here, Rachel Monroe challenges American preconceptions of the wild, wide-open West by addressing issues of surveillance; the series’ first fictional piece, by China Miéville, covers an under-examined area of public space under the guise of detective fiction; a study of public art by Ben Davis sheds light on the myths and stigmas that have accrued to public art, also asking what it can become; Christopher DeWolf shares a sensory navigation trip through a directionless Hong Kong; Michelle Nijhuis writes on the shifting ecologies of national parks; Sarah Fecht explores architecture and social life beyond Earth; while Jaron Lanier meditates on the idea of public space online, linking the prevailing, free-for-all model of the internet with a characteristically American yearning for freedom and repudiation of rules and structure. Also included are examples of public art works by Lawrence Weiner.


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Excerpt from “Eyes in the Sky” by Rachel Monroe

The mythology of the wide-open West and the “anything” you can do there has been central to America’s self-conception since the colonists first turned their backs on the Atlantic Ocean and confronted the wilderness in front of them, at once compelled and intimidated by the idea of all that land as an open frontier. In his essay “Walking,” Henry David Thoreau admits to feeling the magnetic pull of the West: “The future lies that way to me, and the earth seems more unexhausted and richer on that side.” Tempted by the promise of untapped resources, the frontiersmen set out for the territories, displacing indigenous populations in their quest for presumed riches and a way of living free of bourgeois constraints. Seemingly unlimited space meant seemingly limitless options for fresh starts and self-invention. If things didn’t work out as planned, there was always more West in front of them, more room for reinvention. Until, of course, there wasn’t.

These days, only a few decades distant from the days of the unmapped, “wild” West, you can view a remote patch of the southwest desert via Google Earth, zooming in close enough to see the individual branches on a particular ocotillo. And yet, the idea of the West—particularly the Southwest— as freedom, as openness, persists: “Discover the freedom of the Southwest’s open roads,” the Lonely Planet’s USA Best Trips guide promises. The sweeping vistas of the American West continue to inspire this land is your land, this land is my land feelings, and for good reason: in the eleven westernmost states, the federal government owns nearly half of all the land, most of which is open for public use; only about four percent of the rest of the United States is designated as public land.

I myself was seduced by the Lonely Planet version of the West. Five years ago I drove across the country by myself in a Volvo sedan I was convinced would make it to 300,000 miles, pointed toward California and daydreaming of palm trees. I remember the afternoon I drove through West Texas, that evening’s slow and gaudy show of a sunset, pink and gold smeared across the wide horizon. I could drive fast out here, and there were long stretches with no other cars on the road. Space; freedom. I had never realized just how watched I felt in the cities of the East Coast, where I’d spent most of my life, how hemmed in by their pure human density. Something about being the only car on the long ribbon of road beneath that wide expanse of sky made me feel suddenly and distinctly American. And that Americanness was somehow tied to this public kind of privacy, the sense of being outside and alone and unwatched.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/5/2018

POSTPONED! SOM to launch 'The Future of Public Space' at the Strand

POSTPONED! SOM to launch 'The Future of Public Space' at the Strand

Due to the inclement weather, the Strand Bookstore has canceled the launch event for The Future of Public Space, the second in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's SOM Thinkers Series. Check back to see when we reschedule this event with art critic Ben Davis moderating a panel including artist Olalekan Jeyifous, artist and designer Damon Rich, architect and designer Oana Stanescu, and architect and planner, Claire Weisz.
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