ARCH 698B: MLA Advanced Design Research Gallery: Home Territory: Studies for the Democratization of Civic Space

Your Heart on the Whole Will Last

I am studying how artistic platforms can be used to amplify unhoused individuals’ voices in the public realm of Los Angeles because I want to find out expressive design interventions created from cross disciplinary collaboration can challenge the repressive principles that exist in the design of public space and advocate for the adoption of emancipatory design practices. By designing public spaces that encourage emotionality rather than repressing it, that provide a platform to be heard, we may be able to develop empathy in the dark places of ourselves that judge without justice, and we may be able to welcome those parts of humanity back that are beautiful for being able to feel.