Here’s what the Untapped Cities staff has been reading and sharing this week, from a portable public square, missed connections, and street art written in code.
Last House Standing
Atlantic Cities highlighted Baltimore-based, German-born photographer Ben Marcin who shoots images of single row houses that stand in vacant lots in Baltimore, Camden, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. He started, “Last House Standing,” inspired by the single row houses alone in his own neighborhood. “Here they were, violently shorn of their neighbors like a gap-toothed pumpkin; most of the original decorative features still in place,” he tells Atlantic Cities. Baltimore has a $22 million, two-and-half-year plan to knock down 15oo abandoned houses like these.
In 2010, Brett Fletcher Lauer and Gretchen Scott asked people to create fake missed connections and post them to Craigslist, some which received real responses. Some of the writers included Paul Legault and Lena Dunham. Brooklyn Magazine has now done a photo shoot based on the project.
In an effort to highlight the closure of public spaces in northwest London, Studio Kieren Jones, has created a portable Town Hall on wheels. Civic ideas agency Throughout September, the traveling public square goes to desolate outdoor areas in the suburb to hold events such as chess matches, film viewings, conversations, pop-up galleries, and pop-up libraries. [Via Atlantic Cities]