Images of Urban Reconstruction Projects

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Images of Urban Reconstruction Projects

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Oct 17, 2001 10:49 pm

October 15, 2001

Van Alen Institute

30 W 22 Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010

December 2001 – February 2002


In the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, Van
Alen Institute, a non-profit architectural organization committed to
improving the design of the public realm is initiating an exhibition to
inspire and inform New Yorkers and the nation about cities that have rebuilt
in the wake of natural and manmade disasters.

Through this call, the exhibit is seeking a breadth and depth that would be
impossible to achieve using only a short list of sites and photographers.
Working with an informal group of advisors ranging across design and civic
disciplines, we have concluded that within New York, and within the larger
range of the friends and members of the Institute, are architects, artists,
landscape architects, editors, historians, students, professionals,
journalists, photographers and many others who have studied, visited, lived
in, or still live in dozens of places around the world that have come back
from disaster. Their record and report on the world will become an
invaluable project in public architecture for the future of New York.


The exhibition will not concentrate on attacks, damage, or devastation. We
are not calling for images, information, or opinions regarding why or how
destruction occurred. In addition, we are not soliciting images of the World
Trade Center attacks, nor are we asking for proposals for the World Trade
Center site. This is not to dismiss the importance of such images or
discussion, but to clarify the goals of this exhibit.

The exhibit will focus on how in various sites around the world, citizens
have rebuilt, remade, and rethought their urban life. We recognize that it
is challenging and complex, in a time of war and uncertainty around the
world, to focus on reconstruction, but if we were to wait for a day of
perfect natural and human peace, we would have to wait until the end of
time. Reconstruction can’t wait that long: This exhibit will show success
stories, at various stages, where vital urban places are integrated with
specific monuments to tragedy, working together as a living memorial.


Renewing, Rebuilding, Remembering is an Institute initiative made possible
by the Trustees Fund and our supporters. It is also made possible by the
generous contribution of advice from many individuals and organizations. In
response to the September 11 tragedy, the Institute is cooperating with a
wide range of design, planning, and civic organizations to insure that our
programs connect to the issues, ideas, and communities that will rebuild New
York. A variety of forums, exhibits, and publications are now being
undertaken in a collaborative spirit to reinforce and strengthen
discussions, and ultimately actions, regarding Lower Manhattan and New York.


We are looking for photographs of cities or vital urban places from around
the world that have responded to disaster with significant and inspiring
reconstruction in the past twenty years. The types of sites, included only
as examples, are: The Olympic Stadium in Sarajevo, first built in 1984, then
destroyed and rebuilt after years of war in the Republic of Bosnia and
Herzegovina; the housing reconstruction in Mexico City, Mexico after the
earthquakes of 1985; reconstruction in Beirut, Lebanon after the
civil-regional war of 1975-1990; Kobe Port Earthquake Memorial Park in Kobe,
Japan built after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995, as well as
reconstruction projects in American cities such as the rebuilt Interstate
280 in the San Francisco Bay Area after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.

We are also looking for information and background on how the renewal
process went forward – what kinds of resources, design initiatives and
public processes contributed to its success and insights from the
architects, designers, urban planners, engineers, community groups, and
public officials involved.


The chief contact for this exhibit is: We welcome
comments, suggestions, and recommendations regarding sources for background
on sites as well as images. We will acknowledge all advice of this kind.

Before sending images, we ask that you email us a brief description of the
materials and information you wish to send. We will review your submission
and reply with whether or not we feel they are appropriate for the exhibit.
Please do not send unsolicited materials.

The photographer or agencies, or persons representing the photographer will
retain image rights. By submitting images, however, the submitter is
granting Van Alen Institute the rights to use the images in our exhibition,
on our website and in any publications produced about the exhibition or
promoting the exhibition. In addition, we reserve the right to scan
non-digital images and to format them in the exhibit’s larger format.
Images will be used at the discretion of the Institute, however, we will
endeavor to respect the original content and intent of the image in any
manipulation made necessary by the exhibit format.

All images will be accompanied by proper credits. Some images may appear in
the exhibit, but not on the web site, or vice versa. Please note that if
you specifically do not want an image used on the website, you must give us
an explicit instruction. We will make every effort to respect the generous
contribution to this exhibit by individuals and organizations, yet must
reserve the right to not exhibit any or all of images submitted by any
party. All decisions regarding the use of images will be made by the
Institute and will be final.

We would prefer real art: slides, prints, etc., which will allow for the
greatest flexibility in formatting the exhibit, which is now planned to be
digitally generated from live and digital art. We reserve the right to
exhibit live art. All digital images should be submitted at 300 dpi and be
10”X10”. If this is not possible please submit your images at as high a
resolution as possible.

Please submit image information (site, date, project, etc.), and credit
(photographer, organization, etc.) in a clear format with your submission.
In addition, please briefly identify the date and character of the
calamitous event that preceded the reconstruction.
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