Democracy Is The City

Featuring Alfredo Brillembourg, Karen Brooks Hopkins, and Kamau Ware

Featuring a performance by Morley

Jane Jacobs wrote that “cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody” — echoing Aristotle, who (millennia earlier) wrote that “any city which is truly so called, and is not merely one in name, must devote itself to the end of encouraging goodness.” How does the city — our city — encourage goodness, and how are we the people helping (or hindering) the creation of a city that we want to live in? Democracy Is The City examines the municipal level of democracy, from the creation of commons to their appropriation, and how our democratic rights are being sold to the highest bidder in our own backyard. 

Democracy Is The City is part of the Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming, co-presented by Onassis USA and The Public Theater.

Alfredo Brillembourg was born in New York in 1967. He received his degrees from Columbia University and went on to found the Urban Think Tank in Carcas, Venezula. He is a member of the Venezuelan Architects and Engineers Association, has been a chair professor at E.T.H since 2010 and teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University.

Kamau Ware is a multidimensional creative blending complementary yet disparate disciplines as an Artist / Historian. He is best known for his flagship storytelling project, Black Gotham Experience (BGX), which is an immersive multimedia project founded in 2010 that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City through a series of walks, talks, and events.

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