From Passive to Provocative: When Good Planning is Productive Troublemaking

The MIT Dept of Urban Studies and Planning, City Design and Development group, is pleased to invite MIT Guest Artist Newton Harrison to discuss what art practice can offer designers and planners in a lecture titled: From Passive to Provocative: When Good Planning is Productive Troublemaking.

Artists Newton and Helen Harrison function variously as historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators and art activists. Often, their practice proposes solutions and involves not only public discussion, but also extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals in diverse art contexts. Past projects have focused on climate change, watershed restoration, and urban renewal, among other issues. Their first global warming works were done in the 1970s. The Harrisons’ visionary projects have led to changes in governmental policy and have expanded dialogue around previously unexplored issues leading to practical implementations such as Baltimore Promenade (1981) and A Vision for the Green Heart of Holland (1994).

DUSP is hosting Newton Harrison this fall, with three one-week visits. Come Meet Newton at the beginning of his residency and start a dialogue.