WHAT DO WE DO
WITH OUR LAND?
PROJECT: pop-up exhibit and audio tour for new museum's ideas city festival
ROLE: interviewing project partners and co-producing and editing audio tours
LOCATION: lower east side, new york, ny
THEMES: land stewardship, community gardens, community land trust, gentrification, urban strategies
pop-up exhibit and audio tour for new museum's ideas city festival
interviewing project partners and co-producing and editing audio tours
lower east side, new york, ny
land stewardship, community gardens, community land trust, gentrification, urban strategies
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to the audio tour here
In the summer of 2015, on the occasion of New Museum’s Ideas City festival, 596 Acres partnered with Deborah Berke Partners and GRT Architects to create a tour of community land stewardship in the lower east side. A pop-up exhibition booth welcomed visitors on a tour of tax lot lines, leases, settled court cases, city-agency jurisdiction assignments, histories of organizing, memories of long meetings, cleared garbage heaps, community land trusts and New Yorkers struggling and succeeding to create and control the space of the city, together. Four sites of successful community land stewardship—three community gardens and the Cooper Square Committee Community Land Trust, all within walking distance from the exhibition booth—were assembled in an audio tour telling the victories that so often remain invisible in current forms of urban development.