Updates, Exhibitions, and Events

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wasted imagination tour

New Waste(d) Imagination Tour Featured in Cornell AAP news

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wasted imagination tour

The Just Places Lab team (Jenni Minner, Wyeth Augustine-Marceil, Ketaki Ghodke, Jeff Iovannone, Charles Zhang, Chloe Long and Medha Kulkarni) have mapped local sites demonstrating the challenges of creating circular construction economies and the opportunities there are in reusing building materials. With help from Historic Ithaca and in concert with the rest of the Circularity, Reuse, and Zero Waste Development (CR0WD) network the team has laid out the topography of circularity and reuse in Ithaca. Read more on Cornell AAP website and take the tour. 

 

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Waste(d) Imagination Tour flyer

Waste(d) Imagination Tour

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Waste(d) Imagination Tour flyer

The Waste(d) Imagination Tour spurs us to achieve greater sustainability and circularity in the built environment. In the tour, you will learn about problems with demolition and the alternative methods that address them. These include sustainable practices like preservation and adaptive reuse, moving buildings, and systematically deconstructing buildings and reusing their materials.

This tour was created by the Just Places Lab, with assistance from Historic Ithaca. The Just Places Lab and Historic Ithaca are founding partners of the Circularity, Reuse, and Zero Waste Development (CR0WD) network, a group that works towards a more sustainable built environment in New York state. The content in this tour was sourced from CR0WD partners, including photographs and text contributed by Historic Ithaca, Finger Lakes ReUse, and the Circular Construction Lab at Cornell University.

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Poster for Dreaming-on-Hudson exhibition

Previous Exhibition

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Poster for Dreaming-on-Hudson exhibition

Dreaming-on-Hudson

November 7-18, 2022

Kellen Cooks’ Dreaming-on-Hudson exhibition was featured in the Cornell University College of Architecture Art and Planning’s Hartell Gallery. It was a part of the 2022 Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial, "Futurities, Uncertain.”

Dreaming-on-Hudson was curated by Kellen Cooks (B.S. URS '23) Curriculum co-created by Kellen Cooks, Jillian McRae, Samuel North, and Joyce Sharrock Cole.

This exhibition principally represents the progress of the Dreaming-on Hudson curriculum at Ossining High School in Ossining, NY, located in the Hudson Valley of New York. Materials produced by students over the past two months are exhibited alongside maps produced by Kellen Cooks and Thomas Petluck (B.S. URS '22), who are both 2019 graduates of Ossining High School. These are exhibited with other examples of environmental speculation from institutions and community groups in Ossining.

Dreaming-on-Hudson explores how spatial imaginations are produces from socially-diverse suburban communities, and how youth imaginations relate to the plans of established institutions within Ossining and the Hudson Valley. From this project, we can universally learn to question how the way in which a place is told shapes its identity, its communities, its development, and its future, within the Hudson Valley and beyond.

The Dreaming-on-Hudson exhibition was realized with assistance and advising by Dr. Jennifer Minner, Wyeth Augustine-Marceil, Melody Chen, the Just Places Lab, Dr. Raymond Craib, Dr. Derrick Spires, Tillian McRae, Samuel North, Joyce Sharrock Cole, and the students of SUNY Race. This project was funded by the Cornell Council of the Arts, the McNair Scholars Program, and the Rawlings Presidential Research Scholars Program.

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Just Places Lab researchers Yu Wang, Courtney Bower, and Jennifer Minner were part of a group of students who won an award at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in November 2022.

View the award winning poster.

Past Events

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Poster for 'Freshkills' photography exhibition

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Poster for 'Freshkills' photography exhibition

Freshkills, photographs by Jade Doskow with original soundscapes by Heather Campanelli

October 10 - November 4, 2022

As part of the 2022 Cornell Biennial, and the Just Places Lab 'Wasted Imagination' series, artists Jade Doskow and Heather Campanelli have assembled an exhibition focusing on Freshkills, the former site of the largest household waste dump on Earth and its transformation into a massive urban park in Staten Island, New York.

Jade Doskow is the Photographer-in-Residence of Freshkills Park in New York City. Doskow’s large-scale photographs of the iconic New York landfill-turned-park make clear its paradoxical, ethereal beauty while creating an important archive of a major chapter within the story of New York City’s infrastructure. The topography of the site–undulating and sculpted by sanitation engineers and through Doskow’s lens–offers its complexity through her careful and probing large-format work, playing with scale and form, abstraction, and figuration. Doskow’s photographs highlight the immense complexity of Freshkills, both the luminous, open, meadows as well as the highly engineered systems enabling this modern wilderness to function.

The exhibition will be held in the Hartell Gallery in Cornell's Sibley Dome from October 10 - November 4. Jade Doskow will be giving a CRP Colloquium presentation on October 14th at 12:25 in Cornell's Milstein Auditorium and hosting a gallery reception the same day at 5pm in the Hartell Gallery. Learn more about the exhibition and Jade Doskow.

Build Reuse CR0WD

Deconstruction and Reuse Conference 2022 | October 20th 11AM EST | Virtual

Three Just Places Labs student researchers (Melody Chen, Wyeth Augustine-Marceil and Yu Wang) presented at the 2022 Build Reuse Deconstruction + Reuse Conference. The three JPL researchers, along with other students representing the Circular Construction Lab and the Susan Christopherson Center for Community Planning presented on their research for CR0WDStudents in the CR0WD. The CR0WD (Circularity, Reuse and Zero Waste Development) Network has leveraged its proximity to Cornell University to engage dozens of students from diverse fields, interests and backgrounds to conduct research, lead interviews, analyze data, and produce visual media - all to contribute toward the goal of a more sustainable built environment. Students will outline the work they do to support CR0WD, and how this work aligns with their own educational and professional goals, and how a wide range of expertise can support other reuse organizations.

 

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CR0WD exhibition poster

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CR0WD exhibition poster

Deconstructing Demolition Closing Event

As a part of the partner network CR0WD (Circularity, Reuse and Zero Waste Development), the Circular Construction Lab and the Just Places Lab are co-curating the exhibition Deconstructing DemolitionThe exhibition will be hosted from May 11 - September 3 2022 in the atrium of the Tompkins Center for History and Culture located at 110 N. Tioga St. in downtown Ithaca, New York.

The Organization of Cornell Planners (OCP) + Circularity Reuse and Zero Waste Development (CR0WD) network (which includes the Just Places Lab) have organized a closing reception at the Deconstruction Demolition exhibition!

Join us this Friday, Sept 2nd from 5-8pm at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture (on the Commons) – 110 N. Tioga St.

The event is during Downtown Ithaca's Gallery Night - an art walk held every first Friday of the month. We welcome you to stop by to mingle with MRPs, faculty and community members involved with CR0WD. We'll have a short presentation at 5:30pm on deconstruction, salvage and reuse, and CR0WD’s efforts followed by refreshments.

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Poster produced for the 'Deconstructing Demolition' Exhibition

Deconstructing Demolition: An Exhibition on Salvage, Reuse and Deconstruction

May 11 - September 3, 2022

As a part of the partner network CR0WD (Circularity, Reuse and Zero Waste Development), the Circular Construction Lab and the Just Places Lab are co-curating the exhibition Deconstructing DemolitionThe exhibition will be hosted from May 11 - September 3 2022 in the atrium of the Tompkins Center for History and Culture located at 110 N. Tioga St. in downtown Ithaca, New York.

The exhibition combining physical building materials with augmented reality and interactive visuals is intended to introduce a general audience to the negative externalities of extant demolition practices and provide information on alternatives in the form of salvage, reuse and deconstruction. Alternatives to demolition are presented through the lenses of environmental sustainability, preservation of community value, employment opportunity, and a reimagining our relationship to the built environment.

As part of the collective effort to put on the exhibition, members of the Circular Construction Lab captured materials and video, conducted research and calculated environmental impacts, as well as curated and built the exhibition. Credits for the exhibition go to Cornell Circular Construction Lab (Felix Heisel, Allexxus Farley-Thomas, Andrew Boghossian, Melody Chen, Joseph McGranahan), Cornell Just Places Lab (Jennifer Minner, Wyeth Augustine-Marceil, Melody Chen, Wen He, Mariam Fatima), Susan Christopherson Center for Community Planning (Gretchen Worth), Historic Ithaca, Significant Elements (Susan Holland, Christine O’Malley),  Finger Lakes ReUse (Diane Cohen), Contento Recycling (Anthony Contento). Thank you to generous support from the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement, the Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape and the Cornell Department of City and Regional Planning and Fred Cowett and Diana Reisman.

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Poster produced for the 'Deconstructing Demolition' Exhibition

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Poster for 'Are Cities Just Places?' presentation

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Poster for 'Are Cities Just Places?' presentation

Are Cities Just Places? Rebuilding and Unbuilding Preservation

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Part of the Changing the Face of the City collection, hosted by The Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia

Dr. Jenni Minner of Cornell University and the Just Places Lab will be exploring the ways in which the care of places and the built environment can work toward social justice and how preservation is being challenged and re-envisioned today. Her presentation will discuss ways in which the rebuilding and unbuilding of places can aid in working toward more equitable community preservation practices. One example revolves around lessons from a network of organizations engaged in arts, place-making, and ‘equity preservation’ in Buffalo, New York. Another example is from the establishment of the Circularity, Reuse, and Zero Waste Development (CR0WD) network, which was inspired by reuse networks in the U.S. and circularity initiatives around the world.

This program is part of the Changing the Face of the City speaker series. Throughout this year, The Carpenter' Company of Philadelphia will present a series of programs and events that explore the intersection of historic preservation and urban planning/renewal through the lens of equity and social justice. “Changing the Face of the City” was the phrase renowned urban planner Edmund Bacon used to describe Philadelphia’s renaissance in his classic 1967 book Design of Cities, unintentionally alluding to the literal consequences of many preservation, planning, and renewal efforts.

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Group of CR0WD partners presenting at Preservation Conference Nov 2021

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Group of CR0WD partners presenting at Preservation Conference Nov 2021

Joining the CR0WD: Creating a Coalition of Preservationists, Planners, and Architects to Promote Circularity and Reuse

at the New York Statewide Preservation Conference

Thursday, November 18, 2021

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States generated 600 million tons of construction and demolition debris in 2018, making it the largest single component of landfill waste (40%). Sadly, the vast majority of construction debris (90%) results from demolition rather than new construction. As preservationists, our primary efforts are directed at saving buildings and promoting adaptive reuse. But what role can we play in advocating for a more sustainable future when it comes to demolition? How can we address the issue of demolition debris and waste through deconstruction and reuse? The panelists, all partners of the recently created working group known as CR0WD (Circularity, Reuse and Zero Waste Development), will discuss their collaboration and goals along with their research and advocacy efforts.

Free webinar

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Conservation: Discipline & Profession 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 

Change Over Time in its latest COT Dialogue celebrates the launch of the issue “10.1 Conservation: Discipline & Profession.” Since its emergence, in the 20th century, modern conservation has matured into a discreet field of intellectual inquiry and an interdisciplinary professional practice. This issue of the journal examines the challenging questions of disciplinary and professional boundaries asking such questions as: What are the disciplinary implications for an interdisciplinary field? How can the profession fulfill its greatest civic promise? And, what are the responsibilities, ethics, and authority of the preservation professional?

Speakers:

Frank Matero, Chair, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania;

Caroline Cheong, Assistant Professor, History Department, University of Central Florida;

Jennifer Minner, Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University

will discuss what they perceive to be the prevailing challenges of the discipline and profession as well as the ways in which conservation is being effectively employed to achieve its mission of public good.

See also Recent Publications

 

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Discipline Conservation Profession written on poster

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Two images. On the top is an image of the director Debra Beattie in her film Expo Schmexpo. On the bottom is a slide from Martin Abbott and Jennifer Minner's presentation.

October 25, 2021

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Two images. On the top is an image of the director Debra Beattie in her film Expo Schmexpo. On the bottom is a slide from Martin Abbott and Jennifer Minner's presentation.

Behind the Scenes of the City

Martin Abbott and Jennifer Minner presented at the Stockholm City Museum's conference Behind the Scenes of the City: The Hidden, the Forbidden, the ForgottenTheir paper is titled Hidden projections: cinematic resistance from the urban interiors of Australia. 

Social upheaval reverberated throughout Australia in the 1980s. On the East Coast, redevelopment projects in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney sought to upscale urban life. Settler urbanism erased neighbourhoods and communities and their histories; replacing them with whitewashed versions of urban culture and consumption, comfortable and affordable only to some. However, the colour of everyday life that bound these cities together was not erased entirely and was captured in the interstices of essay films from this tumultuous decade.

This presentation examines class, gender, and race relations in subversive scenes of urban life captured in feminist and Indigenous cinematic landscapes. Three short essay films are featured: a pickup scene in a Sydney pub from Tracey Moffatt’s Nice Coloured Girls (1987); Melbourne’s lost ballrooms and beachside community spaces in Maggie Fooke’s Pleasure Domes (1987); and Brisbane’s cafes and balconies in Debra Beattie's Expo Schmexpo (1984). The three films polemicize the changing interior of Australian cities during the 1980s. The films contribute to a broader movement within Australian cinema that emerged in resistance to neoliberal urban redevelopment practices and the assertion of Aboriginal cultures and rights. 

 

Image left, top: Debra Beattie is show drinking tea at the California Cafe in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Still from the film Expo Schmexpo. Bottom slide from Martin Abbott and Jennifer Minner's presentation thanking directors and conference organizers. The photograph on this slide is of Maggie Fooke during a 2020 interview.

October 22, 2021

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Peering into mega-event impact craters: post-expo urban development and the pursuit of just places

Jennifer Minner and Grace Yixian Zhou (MRP '19) presented the paper "Peering into mega-event impact craters: post-expo urban development and the pursuit of just places," which was co-authored with Brian Toy (MRP '21).  In this paper, the researchers develop a post-expo development typology based on an examination of “mega-event meteor craters,” the former sites of mega-events in the years after they have been staged. The authors present a framework specific to post expo urban development types aimed comparing the impacts of these mega-events and guiding efforts at developing more equitable urban development even many years after an event has taken place.

 

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