Trouble! In Prospect Heights: engaging the community in development discussions an urban intervention project designed and facilitated by Brandon Fischer and Ashlee Tuttleman
Conflict: Ratnerization. Atlantic Yards. Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Atlantic Ave and Flatbush. By invoking eminent domain, the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and Ratner Enterprises have begun a process of displacement and encroachment upon locals and businesses. By Sept. 2012, 16 high-rises, a state of the art basketball stadium, hotels, office buildings and 1 housing complex is expected to be completed. Construction commenced in March 2010.- No amount of community-based needs assessment or similar exercise was conducted.
There be Ratner, lookin fly . … ah dayun, he go’n and brought the rats in with him…
Crimes Against Humanity, Article 7.2.d <ul><li>” Deportation or ´forcible transfer of population’ means forced displacement of the persons concerned by expulsion or other coercive acts from the area in which they are lawfully present…” </li></ul>Eminent Domain Eminent domain is an exercise of the power of government or quasi-government agencies (such as airport authorities, highway commissions, community development agencies, and utility companies) to take private property for public use. Sometimes these entities may propose to use their eminent domain authority to take public housing property. Point of Departure.
<ul><li>Who determines how public land is used? </li></ul>
Intervention Iteration I. <ul><li>“ Planning’s pretence to facilitate the social and economic improvement of an abstract ‘public’ has long been ignored , and physical development now largely manifests itself as the executive arm of a geopolitical strategic or market-driven agenda. Large scale development […] responds to political and market demands by displacing huge populations across national space […] act as a form of spatial exclusion – creating wedges that separate the habitat of a population of citizens marked as political ‘outsiders.’” </li></ul><ul><li>Eyal Weizman, The Evil Architects Do: Crimes of Urbicide and the Built Environment </li></ul>
<ul><li>V.01 25 APRIL 2011 13.00H </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: </li></ul><ul><li>Intervene in the lives of Prospect Heights residents. Transect their walk. Provoke. </li></ul><ul><li>TARGET: </li></ul><ul><li>Prospect Heights street amblers, lingerers and restaraunteurs </li></ul><ul><li>MATERIALS: </li></ul><ul><li>Lg White Board </li></ul><ul><li>Markers </li></ul><ul><li>Camera(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Signage </li></ul><ul><li>PROMPT: </li></ul><ul><li>I love Prospect Heights because _____ , </li></ul><ul><li>But it could be better if _______ . </li></ul>
BAM! Intervention site Research site Prospect Heights Atlantic Yards
I love Prospect Heights because _______ . But it could be better if ______ .
Our quandary: What’s all this Plz ask during story time (Highline). business bout?
Second Iteration In the form of Trouble! and some drank “ […] it is necessary to develop processual, participatory and hence communications-based types of plans (collaborative planning). […] it has to be transparent enough to be monitored by the public. Therefore, the forces of civil society should be encouraged to participate; they need to be regarded as an important corrective to the planning process. The key to all of this is communication: public debate and to be stimulated, with the assistance of local media. Public campaigns should also stimulate active participation and provide opportunities for people to get involved.” Kai Vockler, Architecture of Peace: Politics of Architecture
DESIGN. <ul><li>V.02 06 MAY 2011 16.00H </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: </li></ul><ul><li>Intervene in the lives of Prospect Heights residents. Incite contemplation and discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>MATERIALS: </li></ul><ul><li>Trouble Board Game </li></ul><ul><li>Informational Flyers </li></ul><ul><li>Mixers – Clamato, Pomegranate Juice, Lemon Juice </li></ul><ul><li>2 Cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Drank </li></ul><ul><li>ACTORS: </li></ul><ul><li>Ashlee </li></ul><ul><li>Brandon </li></ul><ul><li>Mama Suzi </li></ul><ul><li>SITE: </li></ul><ul><li>Washington Commons, Prospect Heights NYC </li></ul>
Resident Pool. <ul><li>Here lie the homes of each of our new friends. </li></ul><ul><li>Representative of the white teachers and social workers of America. </li></ul><ul><li>Their responses, you ask? </li></ul>QOTD: “What’s your cracker ass up to tonight?” txt sent to Malda, one of our test subjects
But wait, there’s more! Patience, child. At the Highline .. BAM!
What could have been done differently w/ Iteration 2 VS. W/ SAME INTERVENTION MODEL Penetrate more diverse circles. Install an undercover camera in Brandon’s purse (the subjects were frightened). Arrange to visit multiple demographically diverse bars. Costume / character persona. Input from canines and small children. Add Tabasco. BALLS TO THE WALL Get a space. Set up an installation. Media coverage. Sponsorship. Involve the cohort of organizations with Develop Don’t Destroy. Understand, don’t apologize. Go to the source. Project + Amplify.
Beirut Parallel: <ul><li>Mar Mikhael </li></ul><ul><li>is an entry point into the study of reappropriation and displacement in Beirut </li></ul>Shukran, Rudy!