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AOD: Arrangement in Black

Architectures of Defense

Fantasy Coffin: Bury Me Upside Down

Fault of Form

Monument to Museum Preservation and Conservation

New York City Bar Graph

Parking Lot Island

Return to the Raw

Riot City

Sculpture Combines

Zoom

title
The Bygone City

date
2010
tags
Spatial Politics, Urban Planning
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Collectively and as individuals, we have lost the public grounds of mobilization. According to the historian Eric Hobsbawm urban planning determine the feasibility of protest and civic unrest to develop into political revolutions. 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. Here I have taken these qualities and transposed them onto New York City, a defensible cities designed to suppress insurrection.

The Bygone City uses over 120 notable buildings in New York, remapped to revert the city back before it underwent a process of defense design. I have categorized buildings into identifiable forms of power: world banks, civic, luxury residencies and corporations. All locations of power have been planned with open public plazas surrounded by mixed status residential areas.