Occupy Anniversary: Looking Back at the Intersection of Protest and Public Space Occupy Anniversary: Looking Back at the Intersection of Protest and Public Space
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Occupy Anniversary: Looking Back at the Intersection of Protest and Public Space

by Rick Bell

September 20, 2012

The exhibition coincides with the book of the same name published by New Village Press in Oakland. In it are essays by 42 writers, as well as an introduction by Michael Kimmelman. The content of the show are quotes from the book and photos of where people were in those months last year. It’s not an archive or a history of what happened and it’s not looking backward trying to catalogue what the design features were of the places of assembly, but it’s really talking about the future. How does this continue and in what form?

We also explore how architecture relates to the Occupy movement by looking at the use of public space. It’s not just as important as drinking a cup of coffee or getting away from the office, but the parks and plazas and places that people can assemble in New York and other cities contribute to a society that’s open and allows for an exchange of ideas and discord.

In the middle of last November the Occupy movement changed radically in terms of its place-based nature. But people certainly kept talking with each other and still are. The point of this show is partly to continue that. So on Sunday we have a four-hour discussion with some of the from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. We hope you can come to the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets and join us.

Photos courtesy of Rick Bell

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Occupy Anniversary: Looking Back at the Intersection of Protest and Public Space