MLA Studio 502A: Locating Vitality

  • Wendy Stradley. Accumulation of materials and patinas in the public right-of-way.
    Wendy Stradley. Accumulation of materials and patinas in the public right-of-way.
  • Wendy Stradley. Tracing traces of past vitality through the chain-link fence.
    Wendy Stradley. Tracing traces of past vitality through the chain-link fence.
  • Wendy Stradley. Marking vitalities by tying traces together.
    Wendy Stradley. Marking vitalities by tying traces together.
  • Wendy Stradley. Fixing a moment in time as a new material trace.
    Wendy Stradley. Fixing a moment in time as a new material trace.
  • Kelsey Vitullo. Signs of community care in the public right-of-way.
    Kelsey Vitullo. Signs of community care in the public right-of-way.
  • Kelsey Vitullo. Private, but visible, intensive vegetable gardening.
    Kelsey Vitullo. Private, but visible, intensive vegetable gardening.

Locating Vitality
Studio 502A, Spring 2017

The Locating Vitality studio, led by lecturer Micah Stanek, addresses the challenges of urban "revitalization," a condition often found on the wish list of urban administrators and developers. It seems as if "revitalization" is somehow ready-made, waiting somewhere to be imported into a situation where a "lack" has been discovered. By means of printmaking and a series of site interventions, the studio investigates the location of vitality where it lies, embedded within the visible and invisible layers of a specific site. Each student identifies an unexplored form of vitality and develops a proposition that will catalyze development out of their own entanglement with the site.