Contemporary urban space poses new challenges and opportunities as traditional lines between public and private become increasingly entangled in both liberatory and contested ways. How these spaces are planned and occupied, who regulates the actions and events that transpire there, and what constitutes the terms by which civic participation in these processes is negotiated are critical questions for anyone interested in the city today.
To initiate its current research cycle, the Urban Research Group hosted talks and a discussion surrounding open culture and urban research by two visiting researchers. Levente Polyak, an urbanist, researcher and critic from Budapest who is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Spatial Information Design Lab, presented current work that focuses on participatory cartography and Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) in NYC.
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