85,000 – 100,000 people plus 50 tractors / drivers rallied around the State Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin on March 12 to protest the controversial budget repair bill that Gov. Scott Walker signed into law the previous day.
The protestors gathered to show support for state employees who will lose most of their collective bargaining rights and to oppose other cuts in the budget-repair measure. Farmers fear that health care coverage costs will also go up.
The crowd size estimate, given by Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain, was made four hours after these photos were taken.
For more, see “Tens of thousands of union supporters descend on Capitol for fourth straight Saturday” @ host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and -politics/article…
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People for Urban Progress (PUP) is an Indianapolis-based 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes and advances public transit, environmental awareness, and urban design. They stand for project-based urban progress.
The initial inspiration for founding PUP? “In July 2008, we (Maryanne O’Malley and Michael Bricker) wondered what would become of the iconic RCA Dome roof material once the stadium was demolished. Upon discovering that the fabric was headed to an Indiana landfill, we began working with Sabre Demolition and Shiel Sexton Powers & Sons to negotiate an alternative solution. Our proposal, and subsequent partnerships with the Indianapolis Parks Department and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, secured the preservation of 13 acres of material, nearly 90% of the total amount.”
The photograph(s) was taken and composed by Kevin Klinger as a record of a review of his Ball State University graduate studio’s work as hosted by PUP on February 11, 2011. Reviewers included: Michael Bricker (PUP co-founder and co-executive director), Wes Janz, Dick Luton, Wil Marquez, Paul Puzzello, and Donna Sink.
The Green Chair Project was born in 1991 in South Minneapolis when two lawn chairs were stolen from the backyard of Chris Hand and Joel Sisson. As artists, Chris and Joel, with the help of 14 teenagers from the neighborhood, built over 90 green Adirondack lawn chairs in their backyard and just before dawn one Sunday morning, gave them to their neighbors, two for each house, for a two-block stretch of Pleasant Avenue in Minneapolis. This was deemed by the media as a “crack street” and these teenagers were all to easily identified as gang members and “up to no good.” The Green Chair Project proved that given a chance, young people can and want to be productive members of society.
(photo from The Big Stuff Project blog by Josh, text from The Green Chair Project website)
Santiago Cirugeda Parejo exploits gaps in administrative structures, governmental bodies’ supervisory energies, official procedures, and where the law falls short. As Benedicte Grosjean writes in ArchiLab’s Futurehouse (2002): “[Cirugeda] formulates realistic and empirical strategies to push the law to its limits and find pockets of non-law in which to develop a possible habitat.”
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The project “Insect-House: The Tick’s Stratagem” came about when Alameda Viva invited Cirugeda to support their act of resistance to the cutting down of trees by occupying those same trees in Seville. By following the fundamental premises of efficacious urban guerrilla, the activist-architect designed shelters that allow for immediate construction. The outside shell protects occupants from possible aggressors. The shelter’s bottom is usually 4.5 meters off the ground and provides storage space; the top has a sliding shell for protection. The implicit goal was to remind people that even if their voice is considerably quieted, they still can act and decide. They have a say. Beyond a mere ecological attitude concerning the protection of trees to be cut down, this is a strategy of opposition to plans directed, and often imposed, on the population and its style of urban life.
When asked in a November 2004 interview if he had ever been arrested, Cirugeda replied: “Yes, I was arrested when I was very young. I didn’t know what to do because I was very young and afraid. It is interesting when an artist wants to do an exhibit, art installation or anything else, he can get permission to do whatever he wants and to show it in the street. But as a citizen, even if you ask for permission, you don’t get it, because you are not an artist. Therefore, I work from a citizen’s point of view, because as an architect I can get the permission required for my installation. But really I want to be a citizen. I see architecture as a social art. I don’t want only to appear in architecture magazines that show architecture as beautiful images. I want to be a part of the other pages too, to understand what a city is and what a citizen is.
For more, see Cirugeda’s “urban prescriptions” website @ http://www.recetasurbanas.net/
Know Sean Starowitz through the energies, intelligences, and challenges of his work: Compost Post, Co-Workers, Bosses & Supervisors: A Design Show, Office Works, Plywood Palaces, S’mores vending cart, Trade Show, and notably, his SPEAK! project as conducted at the BFA opening at the Kansas City Art Institute and on the streets of Chicago.