Top Row (Left to Right):  Caitlin Charlet, Ekaterina Levitskaya, Gabrielle Andersen and Joel Stein

Ekaterina Levitskaya
Hi, my name is Ekaterina Levitskaya. I’m coming from Moscow, Russia. I was born and raised in this big and busy capital city. I came to Parsons with a background in communications: I studied Public Relations at the Moscow State University of International Relations and during my student times wanted to focus on PR in a social sphere. After graduation I got my job at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a nature conservation organisation which took me to a memorable youth expedition to the Arctic where I got acquainted firsthand with climate change issues. All in all, I worked in WWF Moscow office for several years getting experience in mass media communications and corporate fundraising. At the same time, having been born and raised in a big city, I still felt the importance and urgency of improving our immediate urban surroundings. And finally I came up with a goal for my professional research – find a right balance between nature and human-made environment to make our urban living more whole and complete. That’s what brought me into MS program of Design and Urban Ecologies. And what I envision to learn is how urban environment works within itself and how we, people living and loving big cities life, can find the right direction for future urban development not forgetting about our interconnection with nature. Cos’ you should feel good about your neighborhood, I trust.

Joel Stein
Joel is a recent transplant from Portland, OR, where he received a BS in Community Development with a minor in Sustainable Urban Development from Portland State University. While living there he was engaged with the city in many different capacities – activist, government employee, explorer, researcher and student. Building upon these experiences, he enters Parsons’ Design and Urban Ecologies program with the intention of challenging everything he has learned about cities and how they work. He is particularly interested in how urban practitioners can enter the urban complex through the embedded systems of socio-economic relations and, using design, transform places of conflict into emergent and imaginative urbanisms.

Gabrielle Andersen          
Gabrielle received her undergrad BA in Environmental Design, Policy and Planning with a minor in Sustainability Studies from SUNY Stony Brook University. Born and raised on Long Island, she focused her work on “Brain Drain.” “Brain Drain” is a phenomenon prevalent on Long Island in which the “brains” (those aged 18-34) cannot afford to live where they grew up based on high taxes and are forced to leave and move some where more affordable, decreasing the growth and creating a loss in tax revenue which may lead to decreased public works which can lead to many other things. After graduating from Stony Brook University, Gabrielle worked with a non-profit organization, Sustainable Long Island. The focus of this non-profit is in several categories: Community Revitalization, Food Equity, Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental Justice and Advocacy. During Gabrielle’s time at Sustianable LI, she focused on community revitalization, brownfield redevelopment and environmental justice. The culmination of these activities has since led her here to the MS in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design.

Caitlin Charlet

Caitlin Masley was born in Washington DC and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. Throughout her studies as a visual artist, Ms. Masley has carried with her the impact and side effects of growing up in a planned community (James Rouse 1960’s). For her MFA thesis show she recreated an alternative installation of utopia based on Columbia, Maryland that depicted the nature of how humans can and can not live in a perfect place and the multitude of  impending questions that surround such a large issue. Working from this conceptual platform, Ms. Masley went on to establishing an international art career winning several grants and fellowships, including an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Socrates Sculpture Park, a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, a Puffin Foundation Grant and the Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, the LMCC Swing Space Grant and Residency (among others). She has been artist-in-residence in Austria, Germany, Quebec, Norway and Switzerland. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at MOMA/PS1, Center for Built Environment (CUBE), Storefront for Art and Architecture, Islip Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, McColl Center for Contemporary Art, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2012-13 Ms. Masley will create new installations for Galerije Bacva, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia and Territories Unknown, College of New Rochelle Gallery, New Rochelle, New York. Currently Caitlin Masley lives and works in Brooklyn. On November 9, 2012 she will open her first solo show in New York with Lu Magnus Gallery located in the lower east side.



68 thoughts on “Green/Space

  1. The idea is for this to be animated, therefore its a work in progress, but it’s what we have currently –


    Posted by joelpstein | December 10, 2012, 1:58 am
  2. book to check out, especially the chapter on Hans Haacke:
    Rosalyn Deutsche, Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics

    Posted by aangelini | December 4, 2012, 3:47 pm
  3. Post-Meeting Session Organization 12/3/12







    Posted by gabrielleandersen | December 3, 2012, 3:32 pm
  4. Sunset Park from the Gowanus!! (A new perspective) While in a moving vehicle and from a cell phone they do not have great quality but still alright.




    Posted by gabrielleandersen | December 2, 2012, 7:50 pm
  5. Our post-Miguel Meeting Diagram/Plan of Action



    Posted by gabrielleandersen | December 2, 2012, 7:45 pm
  6. After the presentation to the panel and the meeting with Miguel, the group had come to the realization that our primary presentation was not concrete enough and lacked a realistic solution with a time line of implementation strategies such as the immediate to long-term, etc. We convened after meeting with Miguel and decided on a methodology to combine all of our research from through out the semester as a whole. We discovered that our weakness lied heavily in the fragmentation of the group from the start which lead to demotivation of our work and brought us to a wall. We are however, working towards breaking that wall as we each make recommendations based on our research which include funding and feasibility both for La Union as an organization and in terms of time.

    After the recommendations are shared on a document, we will then reconvene and physically present them to the group and try to discover which could be the best method to assist La Union. Ideas include but were not limited to, waterfront redevelopment, brownfield remediation, informal production of space, vacant/abandoned property in the industrial areas of Sunset Park, land bank tactics and urban agriculture, such as their community garden that already exists.

    The group will decide on the best combination of methods and tactics to procuring and stabilizing space for La Union, and afterward we will determine the method in which to present.

    Posted by greenspaceunion | December 2, 2012, 7:32 pm
  7. Mental map of Green/Space – collected notions during past weeks of research – main current directions are highlighted in circles.

    Posted by ekaterinalev | November 11, 2012, 9:40 pm
    • Very nice… This is just as rhizomatic as that early diagram using the tree/root image. What would it look like to revisit and update that diagram with these new connections?

      Posted by aangelini | November 11, 2012, 10:20 pm
    • Im really curious on how would this translate into tomorrow’s exercise. This map is a good synthesis but I want to look at it in its expansive form, how the circles get reinterpreted in their relationship with the others, what new forms of association are there appearing? what new directions can be traced that can aid the goal?

      Posted by miguelroblesduran | November 12, 2012, 1:38 am
  8. Overdue diagram for Rethinking Housing


    Posted by joelpstein | November 5, 2012, 7:11 am
  9. Report of our recent work research:
    1. Video for the exhibition.
    It was an important step for us, as we tried for the first time a type of media such as stop animation and also tried to sum up what we’ve learned about the urban processes through our environmental lens. Big thank you to Joel who did the plot of the story and got the process of creating animation going (and then editing it). We took an example of Gowanus in Sunset Park. We didn’t only learn from the process of making and collecting information for the exhibition, but also realized that the format for presentation for La Union (or for basically any other organization) should be different – in terms of approach, content. Lessons learnt, we are now thinking about this as our next step to a final presentation for La Union.
    2. Interview with Kimber Lanning.
    As part of our Environmental Positions reading, Caitlin, together with April from reBOUND, organized an interview with Kimber Lanning. It is scheduled for 11/12, next Monday, at 2 pm.
    3. Mapping vacant lots.
    Gabrielle (GreenSpace), Anze (poliSOCIAL), Travers (ENTOPIA), Desiree (ENTOPIA) and Katya (GreenSpace) got together to map the vacant lots/buildings in Sunset Park area. We had an initial meeting during which we found useful websites for further research, such as Crowdmap of the vacant buildings and detailed property owner information on PropertyShark.com. We planned a field trip to create our own map and verify it with the data we found, but the trip was interrupted by the storm.
    In mapping vacant lots, we are also teaming up with Land, Mine who are mapping vacant spaces in Sunset Park.
    P.S. sorry if the color of green is too bright here.. it didn’t look so in the original. hope it is refreshingly bright.

    Posted by ekaterinalev | November 4, 2012, 10:52 pm
    • Nice update. (The green looks fine on my screen.) In addition to reporting your individual and collective activities, I’d like to see how this diagram can highlight the research itself (e.g. the report Joel posted on 10/21) to see what tactical and conceptual links emerge, in order to develop them further. In other words, what will this diagram look like if it foregrounds common property, environmental protection, citizenship, governance, etc. rather than each of you and the other groups as its principal actors?

      Posted by aangelini | November 5, 2012, 8:03 am
  10. Diagram for a reading by Castells, M., The Urban Question, Section 5 “The Urban Process”. Main impression – about dialectical Marxist approach to urban realities.

    Posted by ekaterinalev | November 4, 2012, 10:39 pm
  11. Waterfront Tour Monday 10/22/12
    Waterfront tour

    Posted by gabrielleandersen | October 29, 2012, 1:24 pm
  12. Posted by joelpstein | October 21, 2012, 6:10 pm
    • Thanks. Im looking forward to the exhibition.
      How EPA superfund site enables small organizations, especially does not represented? are there perpendicular or parallel possibilities that could be strategized taking advantage of the superfund while not belonging to it? Can we parasite it?

      Posted by miguelroblesduran | October 22, 2012, 1:09 am
    • This is developing into a much more rigorous inquiry into environmental matters, law, and the commons. I can sense that the way you are stitching it together is leading toward promising new directions. I’m particularly interested in where you take ‘ecological debt.’

      Posted by aangelini | October 22, 2012, 8:36 am
  13. This map is interactive and can be found on the EPA Environmental Justice site. The map is called EJ View

    Sites Reporting to EPA
    Sites reporting to EPA

    Sites reporting to EPA plus population density
    Sites and population density

    Sites reporting to EPA plus demographics
    Sites and demographics

    Posted by Gabrielle | October 16, 2012, 2:24 pm
  14. Our weekly report will be presented in a form of individual constellations and links in between with zoom-ins for key research and findings – the animated version in process can be seen here (made in Prezi): http://prezi.com/qck-38xzonxf/edit/?auth_key=6127vsm&follow=xrrb15ee1o_2

    Posted by ekaterinalev | October 14, 2012, 10:16 pm
    • Far out and spacey. I wish the text in each pink ‘planet’ was legible, but I’ll await the presentation in studio because I don’t (yet) have a Prezi account…

      Posted by aangelini | October 14, 2012, 11:09 pm
  15. Better quality version
    Week 6 Visualization-1

    Posted by ekaterinalev | October 8, 2012, 3:53 pm
    • Katya & Gabby, we might be able to information share in regards to 4302 4th Ave, Vacant Lot/Properties & Non-profits.

      Maybe we can plan a get together…either at school or for drinks to chat about what we’ve all found!

      Awesome diagram

      Posted by Desiree | October 8, 2012, 6:59 pm
      • Desiree, hi! Sounds like a good plan. Do you have a methods class tomorrow? Gabby and my other groupmates have a method class and I planned to come over at 3 pm, after the class. Maybe we can talk then for a little while?

        Posted by ekaterinalev | October 8, 2012, 9:59 pm
      • I am actually not in your program so I don’t have the same method’s schedule.

        If you’re all still meeting, I can come by around 3:30/4:00. My phone # is 813.389.1844. Just let me know!

        Posted by Desiree | October 8, 2012, 11:06 pm
  16. Work Constellations
    (our collaboration with other groups this week)

    better quality to follow

    Posted by ekaterinalev | October 7, 2012, 11:40 pm
  17. Reading diagram – Lazar, S. El Alto, Rebel City: Self and Citizenship in Andean Bolivia, Ch. 1 “El Alto the City” and Ch. 2 “Constructing the Zone”
    (in collaboration with LAND, mine group)

    Macrorelations and Processes of El Alto and La Paz


    Hierarchy and Relational Processes of Civic Organizations in La Paz and Bolivia

    Civic Organizations

    Posted by joelpstein | October 7, 2012, 8:47 pm
  18. Reading diagram – Lazar, S. El Alto, Rebel City: Self and Citizenship in Andean Bolivia, Ch. 1 “El Alto the City” and Ch. 2 “Constructing the Zone”
    (in collaboration with LAND, mine group)
    Diagram – part 3
    el alto
    More on history of citizenship and differences between Western and Non-Western types…

    Posted by ekaterinalev | October 7, 2012, 6:47 pm
  19. Working research diagram of GREEN/SPACE group


    Posted by joelpstein | October 7, 2012, 10:25 am
  20. Check out Caitlin’s photos from her visit to Sunset Park!



    Posted by joelpstein | October 7, 2012, 10:15 am
  21. Greenspace Week 6

    Posted by joelpstein | October 7, 2012, 10:14 am
  22. A composite map of all vacant land (remember some spots may be football fields, etc.) from the images based off of the “Vacant Lots in Bed Stuy and Sunset Park for the Brooklyn Food Coalition” by: The Center for the Study of Brooklyn.

    Sunset Park with all vacant Lots large version

    Posted by gabrielleandersen | October 6, 2012, 6:41 pm
  23. Katya took a trip to Sunset Park this weekend and mapped her route with her iPhone while marking territories that appeared to be vacant. I uploaded the .gpx file to our existing map and thus far, this is what we have!

    Sunset Park 1st trip plus katya

    Posted by gabrielleandersen | October 6, 2012, 5:08 pm
  24. Hey guys! For those of you who haven’t already… can you please post a short bio/blurb about yourself? Thank you!

    Posted by bonnienetel | October 2, 2012, 10:24 am
  25. More Comedy of the Commons



    Posted by joelpstein | October 1, 2012, 12:49 am
  26. “Commedy of the Commons”! Please see ->>>>
    illustrative interpretation

    Posted by ekaterinalev | October 1, 2012, 12:15 am
  27. Research Summaries + Updates can be found at this google docs link. Each individual team member will be adding info and research updates into this link –> http://goo.gl/P5IOB

    Posted by joelpstein | September 30, 2012, 2:54 am
    • mmm…. You need to work on a common report, its the team reporting not each of you.
      Looking forward to reading it.

      Posted by miguelroblesduran | September 30, 2012, 5:17 pm
    • It’s fine to use a google doc as a site to convene material, but I agree with Miguel that there needs to be a digestive process where the collective work emerges and demonstrates connections and directions for the research.

      Posted by aangelini | October 1, 2012, 2:39 am
  28. This is a draft diagram of After the Planners. The scale is a little different and the diagram will be done in color so the idea can be visualized through this.



    Posted by gabrielleandersen | September 23, 2012, 11:03 pm
    • Maybe you’ll incorporate indicators of the text’s crucial arguments into these diagrams. They’re very allusive, but I’d like to see more direct connections to the reading.

      Posted by aangelini | September 24, 2012, 12:45 am
  29. Posted by joelpstein | September 23, 2012, 10:57 am
  30. Here is a picture of the map I created from our field trip to Sunset Park.

    Sunset Park Image and Map

    The interactive version is available but Google Earth (Free!) is required to view it, it will not appear in Google Maps. I’m not sure how to post a file to the blog in the reply/comment section! Feel free to ask me for it so you can take a virtual tour of our trip!

    Posted by gabrielleandersen | September 19, 2012, 7:06 pm
  31. Marx diagram Ch. 7, 8, 9

    Posted by greenspaceunion | September 19, 2012, 6:49 pm
  32. Hi Green/Space – feel free to include your bios here when ready!

    Posted by Sara Bissen | September 19, 2012, 4:35 pm
  33. Project diagram – based on rhizomatic organizational and knowledge structures, as well as horizontal interconnections building a framework to inform both the larger project and our interactions in the local context.

    Posted by joelpstein | September 17, 2012, 5:51 pm
  34. Chapter 5 Diagram

    Posted by greenspaceunion | September 17, 2012, 5:04 pm
  35. Chapter 6 Diagram

    Posted by greenspaceunion | September 17, 2012, 5:04 pm
  36. GREEN / SPACE – Weekly Report and Visualization

    Localized- Each individual in our group have mapped out the basic framework of their individual research inquiry, and established ways in which our personal research will connect, intersect and correspond with each other to create a larger research diagram.

    Caitlin- Researched issues of land and water contamination, investigating organizational structure and points of contact for Red Hook Farms. Further research done on Red Hook Farms umbrella/host organization, Added Value, and the relationship between the two.

    Gabrielle- Currently conducting broad research into the specifics of how non-profits go about acquiring property, with particular focus given to those that deal with environmental issues and environmental protection

    Katya- Our international correspondent, Katya is compiling material and examples of different forms of common property, and researching international examples that are not found in the US. Also figuring out ethnographic procedures and survey design for contact with our target organizations – Red Hook Farms and Sustainable South Bronx.

    Joel- Investigating the topic of concessions as a process derived from the existing cultural, legal and economic systems of different nations and nation-states. Further research being done on environmental justice theory, ecological economics and alternative conceptualizations of the relationship between legal definitions of nature, land tenure, property and the environment.

    -Attended the La Union general assembly in Saturday, September 15th in Sunset Park. Found interesting comparisons between the topics discussed within La Union, and those that are discussed in class. Observed organizational process and structure behind La Union, and both the formation of identity and process. Noticed concerns about the goals of La Union and the goals of the class project.

    Next Steps:
    -The group has planned a field trip to Sunset Park, and possible Red Hook Farms on Monday, September 17th for initial recog mapping and informal point interviews.

    -Contact representatives from Red Hook Farms and Sustainable South Bronx

    -Align goals with other Urban Forensics groups in how we are going to develop our relationship with La Union, and avoid overwhelming them.

    -Establish a dynamic channel through which we can share our research and investigations with each other to make sure that our individual goals are mutually reinforcing and aligned.

    Posted by joelpstein | September 16, 2012, 10:15 am
  37. Parallel Investigations Weekly Report and Visualization – September 9, 2012

    Weekly Report-

    Having recently completed week 2, the group is still in the organizing and formation stages and has focused its attention on developing outcomes, processes and the cross-disciplinary relationships between general knowledge and localized knowledge. The group has had limited chances to work together due to conflicting time constraints, and is figuring out ways in which to work collaborative and remotely in individual or partnering units. In order to accomplish this type of workflow, the group has created an initial diagram that maps out like a tree diagram (see link below).

    The areas of knowledge are not compartmentalized, but components of a larger body of holistic knowledge built on experiential learning, community relations, empiricism, abstraction and constructed relational models of comprehension. In order to transcend personal limits of knowledge it will be necessary for overlapping, yet divergent, bodies of knowledge to be developed by each group member. The next step is mapping out and visualizing how our different investigations will be conducted in order to reinforce and complement each other’s work, enabling rhizomatic pathways within a larger framework. Part of the challenge in operating in a transdisciplinary manner is exploring concepts and fields that lie outside of our prior specialized practices.

    We have identified two key organizations to research – Sustainable South Bronx and Red Hook Farms – through the initial framework of environmental degradation/protection as a mode of irregular land tenure, and potential applications for La Union in acquiring common property. Every week, tasks will be assigned that will involve mapping, ethnography and interview and other approaches we may find helpful as the project unfolds. In order to maintain flexibility and adaptability, we are focusing on process as much as time, with localized assignments taking placing place every week, in concurrence with generalized knowledge tasks. This week we will have mapped our course for the early to mid-stages of our project, with clear outcomes developed on a weekly to bi-weekly basis.

    Posted by bluocean1 | September 10, 2012, 2:47 pm
  38. Diagram-

    This link leads to a presentation of the diagram. The presentation is operated solely by the viewer so you can view it at your own pace. Anything in capital letters is something that will be changed as we move through the project to allow fluidity. Time moves out from the inner most circle.


    Posted by bluocean1 | September 10, 2012, 2:46 pm
  39. Original Diagram

    Posted by bluocean1 | September 10, 2012, 2:46 pm
  40. I like that you are venturing into non-static representation, its looking good, dont forget to work on time and group organization.

    Posted by miguelroblesduran | September 9, 2012, 3:48 am

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