Community, art, and placemaking: The incomplete transformation of The Bushwick Collective outdoor street gallery

“Give some of the streetscape back to the pedestrians” – William H. Whyte In the book, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, Whyte (1980) foresees the increasing need for cities to seek opportunities for placemaking in small spaces. The Bushwick Collective is an outdoor street gallery that runs mainly along Troutman Street between Wyckoff… Read More Community, art, and placemaking: The incomplete transformation of The Bushwick Collective outdoor street gallery

Less than human: The human costs of socially labeling migrants

This article uses three works: one looking at the theoretical reasons for initial and sustained migration patterns; one qualitatively explaining the North African and Eastern European mass migration to France during the country’s reconstruction period following WWII; and the other body of work is a quantitative study examining residential patterns of French neighborhoods between 1968-2007.… Read More Less than human: The human costs of socially labeling migrants

In defense of public space: Why planners should protect the right to occupy public space in the Trump Administration

I am delighted to announce that In defense of public space was published in the Perspectives: Spring 2017 Issue of the Wagner Planner, an independent student newsletter of the Urban Planning Students Association (UPSA) at NYU Wagner. Many thanks to the publication’s editors, Niki Kokkinos and Ashley Smith, for taking an interest in my passion for preserving and re-imagining the… Read More In defense of public space: Why planners should protect the right to occupy public space in the Trump Administration

The Planner’s Role in the Deployment of the ‘Right to the City’

Introduction This article focuses on the relationship between the planner’s role and the deployment of ‘right to the city’ (RTTC) as an orienting principle. First, various definitions of the concept are explored, beginning with Lefebvre’s initial development of the RTTC concept in 1968 followed by two more recent and divergent interpretations, with Harvey appealing to… Read More The Planner’s Role in the Deployment of the ‘Right to the City’