What We See contributors Janette Sadik-Khan, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Saskia Sassen, Ron Shiffman, Michael Sorkin, and Lynne Elizabeth will be featured in New Village Press's newest book Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space.
Beyond Zuccotti Park, to be released on September 11, 2012, examines the importance of public space as a community forum for citizen expression. Actions against Occupy Wall Street demonstrations have spotlighted US Constitutional rights to freedom of assembly. The book puts issues of democracy and civic engagement into the center of built environment dialogue by addressing where and how people can congregate publicly today, whose voices are heard, and the factors that limit the participation of minorities. It also gives fresh attention to the planning, design, and programming of public space.
Beyond Zuccotti Park was conceived in response to the forced clearance of Occupy activities from public plazas throughout the country. Its distinguished editors are advocates of participatory civic process: Ron Shiffman, FAICP, Hon. AIA, Director Emeritus, Pratt Center for Community Development and Professor, Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment; Rick Bell, Executive Director, American Institute of Architects, New York; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA Distinguished Professor, School of Architecture, City College of New York, CUNY; Lynne Elizabeth, Director, New Village Press; Anastassia Fisyak, Urban Planning Fellow, Pratt Center for Community Development; and Anusha Venkataraman, Assistant Director, El Puente Green Light District. Beyond Zuccotti Park’s foreword was penned by Michael Kimmelman, chief architecture critic of the New York Times and Pulitzer Prize finalist.
The AIANY Center for Architecture will hold multiple events in celebration of Beyond Zuccotti Park:
- Exhibit Opening– September 6 (runs through 9/22) – Beyond Zuccotti Park: Exhibition as Occupation
- Book Launch– September 10 – presenters: Peter Marcuse, professor emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University, Sadra Shahab, Iranian urban planner and civil rights activist, and Nikki Stern, political, social, and cultural commentator
- Public Workshops– September 16 – commemorating the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street
“This book, like Zuccotti [Park] itself, is a site of vigorous conversation, hard thinking, and bold proposals.”
—Mike Wallace, coauthor of Pulitzer Prize-winning Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898