architecture, mass consumption, globalized culture, urban, park, revitalization
Architectural History and Criticism | Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis | Other Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Traditionally, architects' definitions of solid-void conditions create a dichotomy between private, or built matter, and public, or void, spaces. Yet, this notion is a missed opportunity to understand the complex society of the twenty-first century that no longer operates within the realm of open, public space nor acts as a point of primal cohesiveness for culture and community. Rather than aggregating at instances of density, it is lost within a new ghostly cosmopolitan substitute of mass consumption and globalized culture. This new public realm is a "phantom public sphere", one comprised of "sub-publics", tailored to the demands of a mass culture. But how can the public realm mediate between these emerging "sub-public" without submitting to isolation?
By critiquing the role of park revitalization as a a tool of neighborhood gentrification, as well as understanding the imbalanced opportunity cost of "Floor Area Ration" (FAR) bonuses gained by private developed in return for oftentimes sterile "Privately Owned Public Spaces" (POPS), Occupy POMO proposes to further deploy public space as a political mechanism, driven by post-modernist (POMO) discourse and strives to reshape the city as it speculates on strategies for designing public spaces that can more truly reflect the public realm.
Garg, Kriti, "Occupy POMO | A Citizen's Guide to Urban Excavation" (2016). Architecture Senior Theses. 330.
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