I’ve just written a piece on Motherboard.tv (which is a part of Vice Magazine) about Occupy Wall Street and urban spaces for protest. In my research for this article, I was lucky enough to get in contact with the indomitable Michael Sorkin, one of my favorite architecture critics. It was edited for Motherboard by the incredibly smart Alex Pasternack. Here is a quote:
I’ve become slightly obsessed with Occupy Wall Street and the way I see them urbanizing in real time. When I first visited a few weeks ago, I felt the frantic urge to participate, but I was afraid to let it out, afraid to risk my liberty, and basically afraid of getting arrested. I followed the throngs to the end of the Brooklyn Bridge. It was the day hundreds were penned in the middle of the bridge, and carted off in buses commandeered by the police for use as paddywaggons. I watched and then I left, wondering about the urban implications of #OWS. What did the occupation have to do with this city in particular, with monumental public infrastructure like this? And what would the city and its spaces do to its new occupiers?
Read it at Motherboard.tv