The Footprint of Escape
Join Van Alen Institute in a field game developed with architectural historian Elihu Rubin to explore the historical footprint of escape in Van Alen’s Flatiron District neighborhood, followed by a discussion of the past, present, and future of escape in the city. Brent D. Ryan, Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy at MIT; Jeffrey Shumaker, Deputy Chief Urban Designer for the City of New York; and others will examine the fluctuating perceptions of the city’s relationship to escape—tracking its evolution from 19th-century land of opportunity, to 20th-century land of urban flight, and on to today’s megalopolis as a place that people escape to, from, and within. This is the first in an ongoing series investigating the past, present, and future impacts of escape on the urban environment.
This event is part of a week of public programs that kick off Van Alen Institute’s “Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape,” a multi-year inquiry that will explore the experience of escape in the urban environment.
Free. Registration is required, as space will be limited. Register at www.vanalen.org/elsewhere starting Oct. 22.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street
New York, New York
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