Adam Stoltman will present and speak about his 18-month long photography project: Parks & People.
New York City’s public park system is one of the most diverse and complex urban places in the world, occupying nearly 30,000 acres and serving over 8 million residents and visitors. Within this landscape there are thousands of natural areas, places where nature is being restored to serve an extremely diverse series of communities and constituencies across the five boroughs. These areas are as much social places as they are natural spaces, and it is this interplay that Adam seeks to make visible through this photographic work.
Adam will be joined in conversation by US Forest Service Research Social Scientists, Lindsay Campbell and Erika Svendsen and Bram Gunther, co-director of the New York City Urban Field Station and co-founder of the Natural Areas Conservancy. The discussion will be framed around themes of democratic and secular sacred space within a time of urban ecological restoration. The discussants will offer reflections on different aspects of the urban parks movement inspired by the imagery and relate Adam’s project to a city-wide effort to assess the social and ecological value of New York City’s natural areas.
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