Group Efforts

Changing Public Space

Edited by Gavin Browning. Interviews with Hayal Pozanti, Todd Shalom, Greta Hansen, Adam Koogler, Kyung-Jae Kim, and Karen Finley, with an essay by Mabel Wilson.

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

Group Efforts

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Pub Date: October 2015

ISBN: 9781941332108

120 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $23.00

Group Efforts

Changing Public Space

Edited by Gavin Browning. Interviews with Hayal Pozanti, Todd Shalom, Greta Hansen, Adam Koogler, Kyung-Jae Kim, and Karen Finley, with an essay by Mabel Wilson.

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

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Acetate film, an exhaust fan, lollipops, a bicycle, paper and pens—in Group Efforts: Changing Public Space, vital voices in art and design use everyday objects to transform surroundings in remarkable ways.

An illustrated chronicle of projects organized by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in collaboration with Elastic City, this volume contains interviews with Todd Shalom and Hayal Pozanti, who assemble new shapes from Manhattan's West Village streetscape; Greta Hansen, Kyung Jae Kim, and Adam Koogler, who host spontaneous political forums in a pavilion built with plastic and blown air; and Karen Finley, who détourns Columbus Circle into an urban-scale mandala of resistance, reparation, and discovery.

An incisive essay by designer and cultural historian Mabel O. Wilson positions these creative occupations alongside recent acts of protest.

About the Author

Gavin Browning is director of events and public programs at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University and editor of The Studio-X New York Guide to Liberating New Forms of Conversation.

Mabel O. Wilson is associate professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University and author of Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums.