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For Immediate Release



BROADWAY: 1000 Steps, CaLL/WALKS 2014



Saturday, October 25, 1 - 4PM: Torkwase Dyson, Petia Morozov/ Iain Kerr, and Victoria Marshall

Saturday, November 1, 1- 4PM: Tattfoo Tan, Elliot Maltby, and Adeola Enigbokan

Meeting locations to follow



Walking Dialogues: Artists & Scientists Take Sustainability to the Streets

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6-8PM at Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU, 7th Floor Conference Space.


This fall, City as Living Laboratory (CaLL) continues its BROADWAY: 1000 Steps project with a series of walking dialogues between artists and scientists. CaLL began conducting walks along Broadway in 2011 at the invitation of the Municipal Art Society. Building on earlier walks that have spanned the 18 mile length of Broadway, these WALKS will focus on three hubs of the avenue: 
125th Street in Harlem, 34th Street in The Garment District, and 
Chinatown. The artist/scientist teams will discuss, between themselves and the public, a variety of environmental challenges along the Broadway corridor, with particular focus on surrounding neighborhoods.

The WALKS will occur on two Saturdays, October 25 and November 1, 1PM to 4:30PM. A day's schedule will include three artist/ scientist led tours lasting one hour each.


The fall WALKS are being organized in partnership with NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) and Theatrum Mundi. Research for the WALKS are supported by students from the NYU Gallatin School of Individual Study. A panel discussion will be held at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 to reflect on key experiences and hot topics that emerged through the walking dialogues (Details to follow).


The CaLL/WALKS have been made possible with generous support from Agnes Gund, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



Artist David Brooks and Biologist John Waldman, CaLL WALKS, Marfa Dialogues, 2013







Torkwase Dyson (Artist) and Cindi Katz (Geographer)

A dialogue about gender, architecture and nomadism as they pertain to new geographies of climate change.  

125thStreet (location TBD)


SPURSE (Iain Kerr and Petia Morozov ) and Urban Ecologist (TBD)

An exploration of the sidewalk ecology of Harlem through the lens of urban foraging.

Street (location TBD)


Victoria Marshall (Landscape Architect) and

Timon McPherson (Urban Ecologist),

A dialog about blocks, roofs and health with particular attention to billboard space, setbacks, and sandwich space.

34th Street & Broadway





Tattfoo Tan (Artist) and Climatologist (TBD)

Consideration of the historical and geological relationship between Pier 42, the site of Tan's new sculpture  NEAKA (New Earth Apocalypse Knowledge Advancement) and Collect Pond.

Montgomery Street entrance




Elliott Maltby (Urban Designer, Thread Collective) and Theo Barbagianis (Environmental/Water Resources Engineer)

Exposing the "backstage" of infrastructure in Lower Manhattan through the story of Collect Pond, and its part in the development of NYC's water infrastructure.

Collect Pond, Chinatown



Adeola Enigbokan (Artist/ Environmental Psychologist) and Dr. Tarry Hum (Urban Planner)

Titled Piece Walk--Free Zone this WALK pieces together the intricate web of labor that links the Garment District to immigrant enclaves in New York City, and to factories in "Free Zones" around the globe.

Garment District (location TBD)



BROADWAY: 1000 Steps (B/CaLL), a project by Mary Miss / City as Living Laboratory (MM/CaLL)

is an initiative to make sustainability tangible through the arts by means of collaborations between artists / designers, scientists and citizens.

The everyday is now more than ever characterized by unprecedented challenges. A rapidly growing global population, natural resources stretched to their limits, and the ramifications of climate change pervade our daily experience. CaLL asks: How can we help foster and perpetuate roles for artists and designers to shape and bring attention to the pressing issues of our times?

Through the implementation of BROADWAY: 1000 Steps, City as Living Laboratory seeks to 

establish New York City's iconic avenue as its 'green' corridor where current and planned sustainability initiatives can be brought to the awareness of every citizen at street level. The long-term goal of B/CaLL is to foster an incremental transformation of Broadway into a place where citizens can come to see new ideas about the future of the City. CaLL hopes to develop a replicable practice to spark dialogue, and promote action for sustainable urban life through art/science/community collaboration and to serve as a replicable model other that parts of New York City and locales across the country. The CaLL Framework emerges from a process of inquiry and exchange between artists and designers, research scientists, municipal policy makers, local community groups, academic partners and their students.  


PARTNERanSPONSORSThe project has gained the support and enthusiasm of wide-ranging individuals and agencies, community groups, collegeanuniversities. To date MM/CaLL has received over $2 Million in contributions from private and public sources including a National Science Foundation EArly-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) through the New Knowledge Organization.The development of BROADWAY: 1000 STEPS has been made possible through the cooperation and assistance of the New York City Department of Planning, NewYork City Department of Transportation's (DOT) UrbanArt Program, City of NewYork/ Department of Parks & Recreation.  MM/CaLL hasreceived major funding from the Agnes Gund Foundation, the LilyAuchincloss Foundation, Ford Foundation, Graham Foundation forAdvanced Studies in the FineArts, Dorothy Lichtenstein, The Greenwich Collection, National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, New York Community Trust, Emily Pulitzer, RobertRauschenberg Foundation, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, Shelley Rubin, and The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Individual, corporate, and institutional contributors also include: BRB Architects - Tom Bishop,Marlon Blackwell,Lynn Burditt, Beth DeWoody, FXFOWLE, Catherine Gund, Wendy Evans Joseph and the Peter T. Joseph Foundation, Maury Kaplan, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Pennsylvania State University,Pratt Institute, Emily R. Pulitzer, Shelley Rubin, Neil andAngelica Rudenstine, and Linda andAndrew Safran, Laurie Tisch Illumination Fund, Tsao & McKown Architects, Murray Kaplan.  Other donors include: Robert Baron, H. Campbell and Eleanor Stuckeman, Fabrication Specialties, Ray Gastil, Joseph Giovannini, Carol Lewitt, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, Weiss-Manfredi Architects, and Thea Westreich.


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