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Katie Hargrave (as the Think Tank that has yet to be named) / In a state far from equilibrium

The occasion of abandonment, while devastating and demoralizing, can be viewed as an opportunity, a call to collective action that beckons individuals to become engaged subjects who strive to make (and remake) the world as they want it to be. Perhaps by looking to the cycles of transformation visible in nature, we can better understand our man-made systems. In the process called forest succession, disaster catalyzes regrowth and regeneration when usually suppressed species assert themselves and thrive in the cleared places where dying trees once stood. Imagine a process like forest succession occurring in cities: call it urban succession.

We invited participants to use this game as an analytical tool that can help make visible this evolutionary process and see how abandonment and regeneration are possibly related.


Thanks to SPACES for commissioning this project.

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