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Brooklyn Utopias...right around the corner from home.

A current exhibition at MoMA is called Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement ( New Architectures of Social Engagement ). If a world-renowned museum proclaims change is taking place in architecture, is it so?  The blessing of MoMA and the gospel of the selected architects once again is broadcast from the borough of Manhattan.  Admission fee to this Manhattan cathedral is only $20.00.  The quote below is from the exhibition’s overview…but, could there be another way to socially activate awareness for change without having a fee attached to it?  One example is in its second year of building around the idea of utopias, and the understanding of why local utopias are not to be feared.  MoMA’s projection of fear is why so many will pay $20.00 in order to have something to talk about with their so-called island neighbors.

The renewed commitment of these architects and many of their colleagues to socially responsible architecture is reminiscent of the ideals of twentieth-century masters, but these designers eschew their predecessors’ utopian, wholesale blueprints for change imposed from above. Small Scale, Big Change presents radically pragmatic, “acupunctural” projects—limited interventions with wide-reaching effects.

Lesson / Koan : Changes seen and changes made are not the same.

Brooklyn Utopias: Farm City ( SEPTEMBER 16-DECEMBER 12, 2010 )

 

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Jess Levey, “Meier’s On Prospect Park with Bird Migration” 2009 C-print 30″ x 40″

 

From colonial religious settlements to western frontiers to urban renewal, the U.S. has historically been obsessed with Utopian communities. Brooklyn is no exception to this, with its history as a home for Dutch colonial and myriad immigrant settlers, 19th Century social reformers like Alfred T. White, influential artists and writers such as Walt Whitman.

What would a “Brooklyn Utopia” look like? What is the role of artists in shaping a more ideal Brooklyn?  Brooklyn Utopias?

Brooklyn Utopias is an annual exhibit and event series, founded in 2009 by Katherine Gressel, in which artists consider  differing visions of an ideal city through the “concrete” example of Brooklyn. FarmCity.US is a broad-based, long-term action-research project launched by Derek Denckla that aims to engage public enthusiasm for environmental change through transformative collaborations between arts and urban agriculture. Brooklyn Utopias: Farm City will correspond with Crossing the Line: Farm City, You’ve got a premium opportunity to buy your Luvox for an advantageous price! Act now – BUY your Luvox only for 1.41 USD! a comprehensive 3-week exploration of urban agriculture through markets, workshops, tours, films.

Urban Agriculture, the practice of farming in or around a city, is gaining increasing notice as a remedy to problems ranging from increasing urbanization, to global climate change to lack of healthy food access in underserved communities. Brooklyn Utopias: Farm City invites artists to respond to urban agriculture as a “utopian” solution for Brooklyn, considering the borough as a case study for future “farm cities”.

BTW,

Jess Levey chose to project a flock of birds onto the new Richard Meier Condominium at Grand Army Plaza because the NY Audubon society is greatly concerned by the developer’s decision to build so high, directly in the path of the thousands of migrating birds that fly to and from Prospect Park- a well known bird refuge in Brooklyn. While Jess Levey was photographing, many residents approached him with curiosity, but also to vent about their complete disgust with this condo, which from what Jess Levey could see held all too many vacant apartments. People who had enjoyed their rooftop views all the way to the Verrazano Bridge for the past 20 some years now have a view of their new neighbor’s glass walled living room.

NOTE :

Richard Meier’s office is in Manhattan.

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