Public Space, Public Life
Public space may be the oldest social medium we have. We do much of our living, feeling, and thinking in it still. This course offers an opportunity to figure out what public space is, what kinds of interactions take place there, and how to think of space as a flow of meaning and communication. What kind of codes pulse through our daily experiences in public? How can we understand space a web that connects material, people, affect, and control? The sounds and sights of space that make up our everyday engagement with public space will be a permanent substrate on which we build our discoveries. A dialectic between text and experience is also what undergirds the assignments for this course. As you develop through a series of progressive writing exercises, you’ll also be working toward an on-the-ground intervention that you will plan and execute as your final project. This project will operationalize a concept from the course and you’ll submit a course portfolio that showcases your thinking across language and action.