On Monday, May 9, in my “Understanding Media Studies” lecture class, we’re introducing our “Media and the Urban Environment” curricular focus area by welcoming guest lecturer Damon Rich. The lecture is open to The New School community — but because this is my official class time, I’ll be privileging my own students in the Q&A.
Producing the Public
Monday, May 9, 6pm
Tishman Auditorium, 66 W 12th Street
Damon Rich is a designer and artist, and currently serves as the Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the 2008 Venice Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture and SculptureCenter, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. In Newark, Damon leads design efforts with public and private actors to improve the city’s public spaces, including the launch of the This is Newark! Public Art Program in 2009. Damon is also overseeing the design and development of the city’s first riverfront park, currently in construction. In 1997, he founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York City nonprofit organization that uses design to increase the impact of public participation in urban planning and community development, where he was the Creative Director for 10 years. In 2007, he was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His solo exhibition Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center was on view at the Queens Museum of Art May 31–September 27, 2009.
Some useful resources to review in advance:
- Browse through DamonRich.net
- Brian Sholis, “Damon Rich” Artforum (May 29, 2009).
- Patricia Cohen, “Mapping a Bird’s-Eye View of Foreclosure Misery” New York Times (July 7, 2009).
- Damon Rich, “Spread the Word” Residential Architect (November-December 2006).
- Damon Rich & Olympia Kazi, “Red Lines” Arch.