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lrdevers

27 neighbors want to make public spaces useable both night and day by installing interactive light exhibits in Manhattan.

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Public space, as it exists today is currently limited to day time use. At night, instead of utilizing these spaces, we either close them off or avoid them allowing them to become obsolete.

After going to an exhibition at The Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens, that displayed a number of works by artists working with projectors and light it became increasingly clear that installing small scale interactive works of this sort, could increase neighborhood safety, while simultaneously increasing social interaction.

By creating a spectacle and something beautiful the streets and public space take on new life, both through participation and play.

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URBAN SPACEship

Building off of this idea, we created a collaborative project that we called the Light Dome project - using light and stories to activate a public space and encourage social interactions. The event will take place on Wed., April 3rd at 6:30pm. All the details are here:www.meetup.com/URBANSPACEship/...

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lrdevers

Currently I live in Alphabet City so the main areas I were thinking were places of transitions-- so setting up a canvas or screen over vacant properties that are slated for redevelopment or government owned; side walk sheds and the sides of construction projects (even housing projects which are just burdened by the sterile-ness of outdated design).
If not there then plazas that are currently under utilized or unmaintained such as the one mentioned above by the Tribeca trust. Ultimately, this idea is very flexible and can take on a lot of different forms depending upon what particular type of participation is being encouraged.
For areas such as vacant spaces that are contested projecting light in a way that allows people to express what they want in the space similar to that of Candy Chang's works (but with light)seems appropriate whereas in a plaza setting the type of lighting and design would be different
I'm running out of characters so I look forward to hashing out ideas tomorrow!

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URBAN SPACEship

This is a fantastic idea, I've seen several examples of light being used to revitalize areas and create points of attraction that are also safe. Are there any specific areas you have in mind for such a project, and any type of lighting you have in mind?

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lrdevers

The power of light is one that is often forgotten in urban design. I'd love to hear more about 33 Thomas. Shoot me an e-mail at devel461@newschool.edu.

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Tribeca Trust

Hi,
Tribeca Trust could use your help in doing this kind of thing at 33 Thomas. There is a plaza there that is perfect for this kind of thing!

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