2007 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
I propose a New Media Fellowship in order to support the development of an internet-based collaborative authoring project, Open/Stories (Closed/Stores), which will be launched in conjunction with the release of my book Big Box Reuse (MIT Press) in November of 2007. This wiki-base will consist of a searchable, clickable, scrollable map of the world, that will allow users to input nodes representing the reuse of abandoned "big box" stores in their own locales, extending the role of authorship from myself to my audience. Big box abandonment is creating terrible blight in the modern landscape, and the corporations that are creating this blight deflect attention away from their vacancies, causing a severe lack in information about the reuse of these buildings. The socio-cultural big box reuse research works to democratize this information, and with the development of the wiki, Open/Stories(Closed/Stores), the data will finally be democratized to its initially intended extent. Reuse is a powerful tool towards an environmentally sound future in the face of sprawl, and this website will offer information about how to use this tool creatively.
web art; wiki; Big Box Reuse; sprawl; urban geography; environmental art; capitalism