Archive for January, 2011

Posting this week

by jessica

Hi all,

A few quick notes for this week:

1) Please contribute to the website on two fronts:

— React to the readings. Create a new post, and file it under the “Base 1: Evacuations” category (where this one is filed), or comment on someone’s else’s. You’re reading a lot about keeping things clean this week – about hygiene, disinfection, disposal. Where, how, in what ways does waste function in these systems?

— Create a site tag. Please refer to “Welcome Everyone!” announcement for more info. This week, you are submitting tags as blog contributions. Next week, a map platform – likely Google Maps – will be in place for this.

2) After committing to this wordpress theme, I’ve just discovered that authors’ names do not display with posts. *&!(@*!. I am looking for a fix for this. In the meantime, please simply add your own byline at the beginning of your posts, e.g., “by jessica”, as I’ve done above.

3) Finally, so that names do automatically display with comments, and eventually with posts if I figure out a fix, please check your profile settings, input your first name, and then adjust your display name accordingly.


Proteus Gowanus

by 99

Creative hive of activity at superfund site: publisher, gallery, museum, Fixers Collective, and more

Welcome everyone!

This site will continue to fill out in the coming days. In the meantime:

The readings for next week can be found under the Schedule + Readings link to the right.

And a brief clarification regarding the urban research component: As we discussed on Wednesday, you will find a list of sites following the required readings on the schedule. Choose one of these sites, and create a brief descriptive tag for it. Your tag can incorporate text, image, or video, and it can include links to other places. The point of your tag is to share something interesting about the site, not present an encyclopedic entry about it. Browse photos, news, art, policy.  You can pull from the present or the past, ‘high’ culture or ‘low’, the library or the street. For the first week, your tag should be submitted as a blog contribution (create “New Post”). In the future, ideally, you will be uploading your tags to a dynamic catalogue or map. The format for this collective catalogue is being determined. Stay tuned for further instructions.

Dumping Across the Digital Divide

Check out Pieter Hugo’s very moving photographs of the Agbogbloshie dump in Accra, Africa in The New York Times Magazine (August 15, 2010):