Forty planners, activists, artists, and scholars take a hard look at public space freedoms and democracy in the wake of Occupy.
In September, New Village Press will launch the book Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has put a spotlight on US Constitutional rights to freedom of assembly. Where and how can people congregate publicly today? Whose voices are heard? What factors limit participation of minorities? Forty social scientists, planners, architects, artists, and civil liberties experts explore the definition, use, role, and importance of public space for the exercise of democratic rights to free expression in a time of profound social change. This original, foundational work puts issues of democracy and civic engagement back into the center of dialogue about the built environment.
Our book will be a timely resource for activists, policymakers, professionals, students, and educators interested in issues of free speech, public space, equity, and democracy. Contributing authors counter the repressive and violent responses to legitimate public protest with a reasoned outcry and suggest practical and openhearted alternatives that citizens can celebrate.
Roland Anglin, Caron Atlas, Thomas Balsley, Terri Baltimore, Shirin Barghi, Rick Bell, Marshall Berman, Julian Brash, Wendy Brawer, Paul Broches, Carlton Brown, Lance Jay Brown, David Burney, Brennan Cavanaugh, Susan Chin, Alexander Cooper, Arthur Eisenberg, Lynne Elizabeth, Anastassia Fisyak, Karen Franck, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Gan Golan, Jeffrey Hou, Te-Sheng Huang, Lisa Keller, Brad Lander, Peter Marcuse, Jonathan Marvel, Signe Nielsen, Michael Pyatok, Michael Rios, Jonathan Rose, Janette Sadik-Khan, Saskia Sassen, Michael Freedman-Schnapp, Paula Segal, Sadra Shahab, Benjamin Shepard, Ron Shiffman, Gregory Smithsimon, Michael Sorkin, Nikki Stern, and Maya Wiley.
Michael Kimmelman, chief architecture critic of the New York Times and a contributor to the New York Review of Books.
RON SHIFFMAN, FAICP, Hon. AIA, Director Emeritus, Pratt Center for Community Development; Professor, Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment. RICK BELL, FAIA, Executive Director, American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter. LANCE JAY BROWN, FAIA, ACSA Distinguished Professor, School of Architecture, City College of New York, CUNY. LYNNE ELIZABETH, Director, New Village Press. With ANASTASSIA FISYAK, Master's Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Architecture, Pratt Institute; Urban Planning Fellow, Pratt Center for Community Development, and ANUSHA VENKATARAMAN, Assistant Director, El Puente Green Light District.
Publisher: New Village Press
ISBN: 978-1-61332-009-9 (epub: 978-1-61332-011-2)
Pages: 432. Trim: 6 x 9 inches
Binding: Library-quality paperback
Special: 145 photographs and illustrations. Full index.
Pub Date: September 11, 2012
Advance Praise for Beyond Zuccotti Park
“Beyond Zuccotti Park is an insightful and relevant book that challenges us to think differently about the role of public space for civic engagement. If you believe in the First Amendment's right to freedom of assembly, then this is the book to read.”
—Mitchell Silver, AICP, President, American Planning Association
“What was it about Zuccotti Park, and other public spaces around the world, that helps explain their success? And how can we preserve and strengthen such spaces as places of protest? This book, like Zuccotti itself, is a site of vigorous conversation, hard thinking, and bold proposals on such issues.”
—Mike Wallace, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
"A free and open public discussion is well understood to be fundamental to a democracy. Beyond Zuccotti Park confirms how important accessible open space is to that public discussion and illuminates the policy issues raised by the Occupy Wall Street movement. The diverse collection of voices here raise important questions about how to define a genuine public space."
—Roberta Brandes Gratz, author of The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs
Beyond Zuccotti Park is the key component of a larger initiative—Democracy, Equity, and Public Space—which also includes a traveling multimedia exhibit, public forums, popular and academic study groups, and policy advocacy. Book tours, forums, and exhibits are slated for New York, Newark, Oakland/Berkeley, Chicago, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Boston. Together, the book and initiative aim to engage the public in promoting democracy and equity, building understanding, and improving the design, use, and access to public spaces for social inclusion and free creative expression.
Beyond Zuccotti: Exhibition as Occupation runs at the Helfand Gallery, Center for Architecture New York, September 6–22, with a performance art opening September 6, a book launch program September 10, and a public symposium, Democracy, Equity, and Public Space, September 16 to celebrate the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (September 17).
Beyond Zuccotti Park is a collaboration of the Center for Architecture, City College of New York School of Architecture, and the Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment together with New Village Press and its parent organization, Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility. The project was spawned by free public forums—Freedom of Assembly: Public Space Today—held at the Center for Architecture in response to the forced clearance of Occupy activities from public plazas throughout the country.
"Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population."
—Albert Einstein, Out of My Later Years (1950)
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Even though we've reached our Kickstarter goal which will cover printing costs for the book, your financial support is still critically needed to help us launch the important advocacy initiative for free and open public space that this book is just the beginning of.
New Village Press is a division of the 501c3 nonprofit Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility. Your contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. A big huzzah to Amy Hagedorn, our Kickstarter of Honor, for giving the project its initial seed money!
Big big thanks to video producers David Frisco, Dora Blount, and Jesse Gutierrez. Special thanks to photographer Brennan Cavanaugh for providing many of the still photos in the video.
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