MLA Studio 502A: Locating Vitality

  • Kelsey Vitullo. Lavender and mint garden for the public.
    Kelsey Vitullo. Lavender and mint garden for the public.
  • Artist Garden for the Apocalypse by Allana Ross; drawing by Kelsey Vitullo.
    Artist Garden for the Apocalypse by Allana Ross; drawing by Kelsey Vitullo.
  • David Eslahi. If/Then drawings of intervention ideas.
    David Eslahi. If/Then drawings of intervention ideas.
  • David Eslahi. Movable privacy fences.
    David Eslahi. Movable privacy fences.
  • Tom Klein. Typical neighborhood stoop forms, doubled and turned 90 degrees.
    Tom Klein. Typical neighborhood stoop forms, doubled and turned 90 degrees.
  • Micah Macaulay. Real estate sign with critical history brochures inside.
    Micah Macaulay. Real estate sign with critical history brochures inside.

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.