Saturday, November 03, 2012

Some counter-programming at BAM tonight: "red, black & GREEN: a blues" raises the question, “Why not think of architecture as relevant to the poor?”

From the New York Times today, Making a Fest, Keeping It Green, a suggestion that there's much more than basketball:
Just as the Brooklyn Nets open their regular season, bringing professional sports to the borough for the first time in half a century, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is concluding a savvy counterprogramming offer.
...The academy also has its own sleek new room to show off in its recently opened Fisher Building: the Fishman Space, a flexible black box... that offers the potential for more intimate programming, like Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s charming dance-theater piece “red, black & GREEN: a blues.”
As the primary narrator and charismatic center of this four-person show, Mr. Joseph tells a moseying story about working with neighborhoods in New York, Houston, Chicago and Oakland to build a socially conscious environmental arts festival that helps people of all classes. Performed here after stops elsewhere, the show presents a contrast, if not a subtle rebuke, to the nearby development project, which includes the Barclays Center.
That project’s developer, Bruce C. Ratner, has been widely criticized for a heavy-handed approach and his project’s large scale, use of eminent domain and, as of yet, failure to build the low-income housing he’s promised. Mr. Joseph, in propulsive patter that evokes poetry slams, makes reference to Barclays early on and asks a pointed question: “Why not think of architecture as relevant to the poor?”
Note that Ratner's building subsidized "affordable" housing, most of which is not "low-income." About 20% of the units in each subsidized building would be for low-income households, with 30% for moderate- and middle-income households.

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