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GOWANUS FIELD STATIONS, CONCEPT

Gowanus Field Stations is an exploration of the ecology of the canal, through temporary public “seeds” dispersed along its length. Each field station creates a dedicated space for people to observe and engage with a distinct aspect of the canal: 4 typologies [suspend, cling, anchor, and float] create a shifting, composite understanding of the area, and recognize the intermingling of human and natural systems.  Major goals include :  localizing, understanding and decoding research; an interactive relationship to the science of the canal’s ecology; creating space for direct observation;  public space that retains backstage quality;  not a radical rewriting of the space, rather smaller insertions within it.

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