City Studio:SPURA for Public
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Urban Studies
Course Number: LURB 3031
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This course explores the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) on New York’s Lower East Side - a highly contested site, with a complex history, now under development. Our work will be to understand this site, its multiple communities past and present, and to transform this exploration into public art work - with the idea that exhibitions and creative work can create unique sites for important community dialogue. Students will learn ethnographic, visual, mapping, historical, and participatory methods for examining the developed and undeveloped urban spaces of this neighborhood, exploring what is visible, what is hidden, and what is no longer there. Central to this work will be collaborations with community organizations concerned with the future of this site. We will also look at ways urban space has been represented for the public, focusing in particular on the idea of the "tour" and the exhibition. SPURA has been a hotbed for many types of housing experiments, community activism, and clashes between housing and commercial interests; it also has a history of community and political conflict (and corruption) with housing, investment, gentrification, prejudice and lack of communication at the core. The work we do in this class will contribute to SPURA’s future.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Undergraduate students.