[Chicago] Mess Hall — Workshop — Plaiting the News

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Date/Time: 26/02/2005 12:00 am

Please join us for two great events at Mess Hall this Saturday!
Saturday, February 26, 2005
***Free Workshop! Plaiting the News***
Ever wonder what to do with all your old newspapers? Feeling the guilt of throwing them out or not knowing where to recycle them? Here’s your chance to turn your trash into treasure! Please join Mess Hallers with special guest artist Jerry Bleem for an afternoon
of plaiting. Plaiting is an ancient form of weaving that can be done at home, at the office, or even at the bar. Jerry is an artist and expert who reuses paper to make beautiful and interesting vessels and other 3-D forms. No experience is needed, and please bring all of those old newspapers piling up to use and share. All other materials will be provided.
Saturday, February 26, 2005
***Presentation and potluck***
8 PM
In the Field will give a more extensive presentation at Mess Hall, highlighting the diverse and exciting practices of the groups featured in the book and sharing many additional images that we were unable to print. Please bring food and beverages to share with others.
About the book:
Belltown Paradise/Making Their Own Plans details inspiring examples of artists, environmental visionaries, and concerned citizens who have had a direct impact in shaping their urban environments. The groups were invited to write their own accounts of their histories, failures, and triumphs while working to redesign neighborhoods in creative and exciting way.
Belltown Paradise˜is a concentrated study of urban renovation activities around the corner of Elliot and Vine Streets in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. The first three chapters present the work of community activists who successfully preserved open land in one of Seattle‚s most densely packed neighborhoods to create the Belltown P Patch, a community garden, and transform three adjacent early 20th century workers‚ cottages for writer‚s residencies and a community center called Cottage Park. One chapter highlights Growing Vine Street, an initiative to slowly convert Vine Street, which runs along one side of the garden, into a „green‰ street that cleans rainwater runoff from adjacent high-rise condo buildings while providing pedestrian-friendly space for urban dwellers. The fourth chapter is the first comprehensive chronicle of the work of artist Buster Simpson‚s 30 years of public work in Belltown. Buster‚s work and dedication have had an important impact on the aesthetics and conceptualization of environmental planning in the Belltown neighborhood.
Making Their Own Plans˜shares the histories and tactics of four independent groups from four distinct urban centers: Portland, Oregon; Chicago, Illinois; Hamburg, Germany; and Barcelona, Spain. City Repair (Portland) began a number of neighborhood initiatives aimed at promoting a sense of community; their primary initiative creates public squares in and around the middle of the traffic intersections, resulting in what they call „intersection repair.‰ The Resource Center (Chicago) had been working since the late 60s to find creative solutions to environmental and social problems in the city, primarily through reuse and recycling initiatives. A recent plan, detailed in their chapter, works to convert 6000 acres of vacant city land into farms that simultaneously clean the air, produce local organic produce, employ homeless persons, and beautify the city. Park Fiction (Hamburg), starting in 1995, organized exhibitions, design workshops, protests, and spectacles in their successful fight to preserve an open waterfront space and create a community-designed park on the Elbe River. The inhabitants of Can Masdeu (Barcelona) squatted then rehabilitated an old hospital and the surrounding grounds into space for living, gardening, neighborhood events, workshops and classes. Their chapter details their struggles with local authorities and the challenges of radical communal living.
In the Field explores complex social constellations around urban land use issues. We share ideas and take action inhabiting, transforming, and opening up spaces to new possibilities for creatively generated public space and autonomously produced neighborhood planning. Activities include public projects and written Field Guides, examples are available on the web site: www.inthefield.info
Mess Hall
6932 North Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
‘MORSE’ stop on the RED line

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