Mary Miss / City as Living Laboratory, Inc.

MAY 3: Houston and Broadway
MAY 16: 59th Street/Columbus Circle
MAY 17: Van Cortlandt Park/241 and Broadway

MARCH 24, 2015 


MAY 3, Houston and Broadway
MAY 16, 59th Street/Columbus Circle
MAY 17, Van Cortlandt Park/241 and Broadway
Van Cortlandt Park

Join artists and scientists for guided walks, exploring neighborhoods and discussing urban sustainability. This spring walk leaders will include Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Theo Barbagianis, Juanli Carrion, Dalton Conley, Heather Hart, Joyce Hwang, William Lamson, Christopher Mason, SLO Architecture (Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi), and Gabriel Willow among others. 
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What you need to know

FLOW (2014) 
Mary Miss/City As Living Laboratory
Director of Design Programs at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jason Schupbach asks, "How do we build places where people actually want to live their lives? How do we build strong social ties? The secret lies partly in the arts." Mary Miss' project in Indianapolis, USA, called "Flow: Can You See the River" is a collaboration of artists, community organizations, scientists, and city planners."FLOW" engages citizens through physical installations, an exhibition, and an interactive mapping tool. Miss created the city-wide public art project to reveal to citizens how their ordinary activities affect the future of the White River water system.

CaLL is pleased to highlight the endeavors of partners. 



Students helping to plant trees on the John Muir Trail.
For the spring WALKS, MM/CaLL will collaborate with community partners to identify priorities that are unique to each neighborhood and invite local residents. One such collaborator is The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP), an independent community based organization that actively promotes the conservation and improvement of Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. FVCP provides environmental education and park restoration through programs for secondary schools, internships for teens, a youth-run farm stand, volunteer opportunities, workshops for teachers, and community programs.

Upcoming event: the FVCP 6th Annual Hike-a-Thon: Saturday April 25th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Get out for a hike and help the restoration of Van Cortlandt Park's spectacular hiking trails. More information here.

Important resources for urban sustainability.

CaLL is committed participating in the global conversation about how to support urban sustainability and foster healthier cities. One resource is The Nature of Cities, a virtual magazine that publishes in-depth essays and discussions devoted to cities as ecosystems of people, buildings, open spaces, and nature. City design that holds nature  
and public open space as a priority is key to urban resilience, sustainability, and livability.

From the roof of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York. Photo: Victoria Marshall

A recent article by Fall 2014 CaLL WALK leader Timon McPhearson illuminates the potential of small-scale urban spaces to be rich in biodiversity, contribute important ecological benefits for human mental and physical health, and overall help to create more livable cities. "Micro_urban spaces are the sandwich spaces between buildings, rooftops, walls, curbs, sidewalk cracks, and other small-scale urban spaces that exist in the fissures between linear infrastructure (e.g. roads, bridges, tunnels, rail lines) and our three dimensional gridded cities." (More here.) It gives a new perspective to the skyscrapers in Midtown Manhattan.



CaLL receives support from the AG Foundation, Greenwich Collection, NEA, the
Edward John Noble Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Theatrum Mundi. Please join these champions for art and sustainability. All CaLL programs are free to the community. Your donation helps us offer more.
$25 will help support community participation.  
$100 will support an artist/scientist WALK in May.
$500 will contribute to the Spring WORKSHOP.

Mary Miss / City as Living Laboratory has received critical support from: 


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