IN THE FIELD


In the Field's work begins by looking at, listening to, and learning from how people transform the spaces they inherit and build new spaces based on their needs and desires. We seek out and celebrate the enormous creativity of these ordinary actions. Whether appearing as a spontaneously generated public space, in modifications to existing spaces, or in an example of self-housing or community generated urban planning, we take these hyper-local articulations as a rich entry point into understanding the complex ways in which the built environment is shaped. We gather these examples in books, field guides, and exhibitions with the aim of sharing good strategies and making little known projects visible. We consciously work with the power of adjacencies because together projects can bring to bare ideas and concepts larger than any project viewed in isolation.

We blend approaches and knowledge from visual art, urban planning, and creative activism. We operate in an exploded field and work to expand it further still because we care about opening up spaces for new possibilities and social forms.

Ava Bromberg and Brett Bloom
September 2006

PUBLICATIONS
Belltown Paradise / Making Their Own Plans + more
UNHOUSED
A public journal to gather research for a new book
FIELD GUIDES
Guides to art, politics and urban planning in other cities
PROJECTS
Things we have organized
MESS HALL
Experimental cultural center in Chicago
CONTACT
info[at]inthefield.info