The identity of a community is highly dependent upon cultural values and traditions. These values and traditions feed directly into the decisions and actions of the people within a community. Who we are as people and as a community or culture assists in forming our perceptions and making our decisions in life. Many of these cultural identities are very specific, and often their differences cause them to live away from mainstream society. This study specifically targets the communities that inhabit the hollows of Fayette County, West Virginia.
The High Line in New York city is an urban renewal project that has turned an old elevated railway line into an urban green corridor in Manhattan. I take a walk through the High Line examining the new perspectives it affords, and relates urban and environmental notions of renewal with questions of agency and appropriation. The peculiar characteristics of the High Line highlight normally hidden features of the urban landscape and the politics of space.
This presentation explores the response of residents in Peckham, an inner city London community, to the riots that took place in August 2011. On a boarded up shop window they created the ‘Peacewall’ - a mass of post-it notes declaring the nature of their relationships with to Peckham. The Peacewall became a national icon of post-riot renewal.
How can members of the public help design government services that are simpler and more satisfying to use? And can user-centered public services better meet policy goals, while saving government money? Those are the questions that the Public Policy Lab, a New York City non-profit, hopes to answer.
Shubhangi Athalye, Stuart Henshall, Dina Mehta - Convo
Mumbai is described as the city that never sleeps. Life is about strife, change, getting ahead, adapting to the city’s rhythms. People catch their daily overcrowded trains and buses to work through the heavy downpour of the monsoon, through terrorist attacks, and taxi strikes. Amidst this is a city being rebuilt. Mumbai is one of the most expensive real-estate markets in the world. We explore different aspects of Mumbai’s rebuilding through by juxtaposing the old buildings with new swanky highrises, slum relocation and subsidized homes. We examine Mumbai’s underbelly - who really benefits?
During the winter of 2012 Occupy DC’s McPherson Square encampment was at its zenith. The movement crossed traditional class, race and gender boundaries and coalesced around a similar thread of goals. Parallel to the political missions of the moment, the encampment organically became a thriving community with it’s own set of rules, social mores, multiple sub-cultures and languages. Although the encampment is now gone, the movement continues to thrive through social media and pop up demonstrations. While very adaptive, the movement’s next steps are anyone’s guess.