We are pleased to announce our first breakfast talk of the 2013-2014 academic year. The event will take place on Friday, October 11, 2013, from 8:30am – 10:00am, at CityTech (CUNY): 300 Jay Street, Room N119
Daniel Campo author of the just released book Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned
The Accidental Playground explores the remarkable landscape created by individuals and small groups who occupied and rebuilt an abandoned Brooklyn waterfront. While local residents, activists, garbage haulers, real estate developers, speculators, and two city administrations fought over the fate of the former Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal – now East River State Park in Williamsburg – others simply took to this decaying edge, transforming it into a unique venue for leisure, creative, and everyday practices.
“The Accidental Playground is a deeply thoughtful, intensely observed, and challenging book. While it is completely grounded in one specific place, it succeeds in posing questions that are applicable to cities everywhere. What do urban humans really need from their recreational spaces? What deep desires are unmet by well-groomed parks such as the High Line? In an era of tight budgets, what can we learn from the no-cost, instant fun that people had for years at BEDT?” – The Atlantic Cities
The Speaker: Daniel Campo is an associate professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Previously, he was a planner for the New York City Department of City Planning.
Free and Open to the Public.
Support provided by Title V: A Living Laboratory