New Local:
Finding Ground Within Global Uncertainty

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Content Editor: Original Copy
Workshop leads: Emily Abruzzo, Annie Barrett, Benjamin Cadena, Koray Duman, Chris Leong, Miriam Peterson
Venue Partners: Arup, A/D/O, Pratt Institute
Identity DESIGN: WSDIA | WeShoulddoitall

What is public space today and how do people feel ownership?
Can we respond to emerging social contracts with new housing typologies in urban cores?
How can local manufacturing be resilient to globalization?
What should define emerging neighborhoods in New York City to create a diverse and equitable future?

NEW LOCAL is a three-part series of half day-long workshops and participatory talks centered around an examination of new conditions of locality. The sessions bring together leaders of a variety of industries—from architects, developers and planners to policy makers, sociologists, and anthropologists—to discuss new forms of public space, living, and manufacturing in New York City.

Being grounded is an architectural construct—our sense of belonging is enmeshed in the familiarities of our localized relationships and surroundings. While globalization and an expanding digital realm have created new social, political, and financial possibilities, this blurring of boundaries—between nations, neighborhoods, and economies—has eroded traditional ideas of the local. It is not surprising that today, we see a worldwide reaction to this destabilization in reactive attempts to reassert conventional images of locality, from Brexit in the UK to border wall proposals in the United States and Europe.

When tectonic movements happen, we feel destabilized, we lose our ground and our place in the world. It is a time to question, rethink, and redefine our locality. More importantly, there is an urgent need to shift our focus from how we can protect communities from globalization to how communities can be anchored in new ways with their increasing diverse and digital population.

Through focused workshops and cross-disciplinary conversations, NEW LOCAL seeks to develop new models and actionable initiatives. NEW LOCAL is organized by AIANY’s New Practices committee in collaboration with Arup, A/D/O, and Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator.