2010 Production of Space
My work is about the urban landscape and how political history is written (or erased) in urban planning. According to the historian Eric Hobsbawm urban planning determine the feasibility of protest and civic unrest to develop into political revolutions. American cities are considered defensible cities, cities designed to suppress and prevent even the beginnings of demonstrations, riots and insurrections. Collectively and as individuals, we have lost the public grounds of mobilization. City streets are made narrow to limit traffic and minimize the potential impact of protests while public spaces are designed as visible areas for surveillance. In the last year I have been studying features of old European cities that have the spatial conditions necessary for the mobilization of the masses: large boulevards, open plazas, cluster streets and finally, identifiable locations of power. In recent projects I have taken these features to create alternative possibilities of existing defensible cities.