Group outlines are due Thursday, April 18

In class today we reviewed the Annotated Bibliography guidelines and learned about vocal technique for storytelling from actress and podcast host Kate Leonard (yes, relation). The group outline is due on Thursday, April 18. Groups should submit the outline as a link to the document in a new post on the OpenLab by the start of class on that date. Looking ahead to the final weeks of the semester, the Annotated Bibliography is due on Thursday, May 2, the week we return from Spring Break. The gentrification group (and others) should check the updated Links post for the displacement map we looked at in class.

Don’t miss the Literary Arts Festival happening this Thursday evening starting at 5:30 in the theatre of the new Academic Complex across the street at 285 Jay Street. The festival features student performances and special guest José Olivarez, poet, educator, podcast host, performer, and author of Citizen Illegal.

Tonight – Battle for Brooklyn film screening & panel

The film Battle for Brooklyn is screening at the Alamo Drafthouse at 6pm tonight. This film follows the journey of neighborhood activists who fought against the abuse of eminent domain at the heart of the Atlantic Yards/Barclays Center development. Tickets are $5 in advance and the film will be followed by a panel discussion. You can also stream the film through the City Tech library (or any public library) if you’d prefer to watch at your convenience.

Other events in the film series include William H. Whyte Revisited: The Art and Science of Observing Public Places on April 24. Whyte’s work on cities and public space is of particular interest to the Happiness and Open Space groups.


Living in Brooklyn: Housing Along the Brooklyn Waterfront conference tomorrow!

Registration is still open for tomorrow’s conference: Living in Brooklyn: Housing along the Brooklyn Waterfront. The conference is free to attend, but you need to register in advance. It’s all happening on Friday, April 12 in the new Academic Complex building at 285 Jay Street. The fun begins at 8:30 am. Hope to see you there!

Site visit this Thursday

This Thursday, April 11 we will meet for a site walk at 2:30pm sharp at the oclulus at the Barclays Center entrance, and we will not return to campus as a group. Please come prepared to observe, take notes, sketch, photograph, and otherwise document with your research question in mind.

The group outline is due on Thursday, April 18 and the annotated bibliography is due on Thursday, May 2. There will be time in class to work on both assignments later this month.

I updated the Links post with links to Brooklyn Community District profiles relevant to our site.

Research groups as of 4/2/19

In class we reviewed emerging themes and formed the following research groups:

Health: Mohamad, Dedee, Javonni

Safety: Marvin, Stephanie, Santanu

Open space: Michelle, Laurin, Wenderlin

Gentrification: Jodian, Jayden, Karen

Evolution of place: Yang, Shuwen, Huiyi, Maria

Happiness: Hoiting, Cristian, Bryan, Charlie

Please come to class on Thursday prepared to work on the group outline, due Thursday, April 18 by the beginning of class. Don’t forget to take the midterm survey before Friday, April 5.