An Angeleno urbanist jonesing for the sort of brick and mortar one is hard pressed to find in most parts of Los Angeles, I was excited to be heading back to a place I'd been fascinated with since taking a course at the University of Michigan on urban development in the American rustbelt.
Marthe Ramm Fortun discusses her performance, Inverted Sky, a site specific project at Grand Central Terminal, in New York City. Inverted Sky is a Performa Project co-presented with MTA Arts for Transit and UKS.
Like New York's joyously crowded Grand Central and the Arab world's historic squares, Taksim is a public space that in the minds of nascent autocrats risks not merely to accommodate unrest but actually to kindle it.
New York City is the world's ultimate example of a civilization with innumerable moving parts operating in sync. With Twitter, Jack Dorsey created a virtual space that facilitates the same kind of systemic harmony, on a global scale
I first fell in love with Grand Central Station when I took the 6 subway from Union Square every day in the early '80s. The Newsweek clock squeezed between two marble walls was a common meeting spot for me and my boyfriend-turned-fiancé-turned-husband.
For most people around the world, Grand Central Terminal is not so much a train station as a metaphor for directionless mayhem, traffic run amuck, bodies barely dodging one another -- only a miracle can divert a head-on collision of either man or machine.