Seeking Shelter at ‘Communities of’ Exhibit

October 25th will launch the start “Communities of ____________” which will feature work done by the Seeking Shelter studio and many other socially driven initiatives by The New School. Join us for the opening reception on October 25th at 6:00 pm at Parson’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at 66 Fifth Avenue. The exhibition will stay up until November 12th if you are unable to make the opening reception. Below is more information on the overall goal of the exhibition.

“Communities of” is a symposium and exhibition at The New School exploring the meaning of community through strategic design and models of sustainable development. We will be asking

  1. How does (or can) design facilitate or enable participatory community development?
  2. What are current models and ethics of working with ‘other’ communities in ‘emerging economies’?
  3. What are the politics of considering community as ‘other’? (Should we only work in/with communities to which we belong?)
  4. How and why should universities partner with communities?
  5. How can we develop curricula that successfully support long-term community partnerships?
  6. What are the financial models that can sustainably support these partnerships?

Why the blank space?
The intentional blank space of the title is intended to make conscious the very notion of community. Through it, we invite each person to bring their interests and notions of communities to the gallery. We want to politicize what it means to work with and to build a community, and believe that the absence of definition will precisely prompt visitors and participants to fill in the blank.

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