Erik HerrmannYale University School of Architecture
June 4, 2014
Center for Urban History, Lviv
This presentation explored the evolution of two disparate civic spaces in Manhattan: Bryant Park and Times Square. The study considered several implications of screens in these urban spaces with a focus on the impact screens have on the perception of spatial boundaries and on the flow and trajectory of the public body. The study speculated on the future of screens, considering their shifting role in addressing the public via mediating personal screens and devices. Additionally, the project explored the evolution of two of New York's most revered public spaces and documents how key events in market and policy led to their current, contrasting forms. The role of public art receives particular focus.
What is the role of art in public space? How are new forms of media changing the way we use and consume public space? What makes a space truly public?
This research was originally presented at the Media City conference at the Trinnale di Milano in the summer of 2012 with research partner David Andrew Tasman. It has been further developed to include reflections based on the author's personal experiences in Ukraine since January 2014.