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The Design Dialogues site houses all online publications from the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design.

This site is funded by the Stephan Weiss Lecture Series on Business Strategy, Negotiation and Innovation. This lectureship was launched in 2002 to commemorate the life of the late artist and sculptor Stephan Weiss, husband and business partner of the fashion designer Donna Karan. Weiss co-founded Donna Karan International in 1984, and was instrumental in every significant venture the company undertook: launching and structuring new brands, most notably the Donna Karan Beauty company; signing new licenses; establishing in-house legal and creative departments; devising its computer design technology; orchestrating the company’s initial public offering in 1996; and negotiating its sale to the current owner LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton.

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The School of Design Strategies is an experimental educational environment. We advance innovative approaches in design, business and education. In the evolving context of cities, services and ecosystems, we explore design as a capability and a strategy in the environmentally conscious practices of individuals, groups, communities and organizations. For more about the School of Design Strategies, visit the SDS Magazine.

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The Integral City
New York, Phnom Pehn. Phnom Pehn, New York.
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A Living Arts City Lab

lac practicum: a glimpse at a glance

Details regarding the following glimpse can be gleaned from: sce.parsons.edu/livingartscity/

09 19 12
urban interventions
01

Opinions welcomed during pin up by Adam Brent's class

09 28 12
theory of urban form
pin up 01: archaeology

Assignment 01 asked students to identify historical ruptures in the urban forms of New York and Phnom Penh as each transformed from neighborhood, village, or city to metropolis. These ruptures represent new forms of knowledge about inhabitation. Students identified sample areas measuring one square kilometer where they drew figure-ground studies, and thereby analyzed existing urban patterns.

theoryofurbanform 2012.wordpress.com

artventions: a survey

The Following Piece, Vito Acconci, 1969, Performance

artventions: a survey

The Following Piece, Vito Acconci, 1969, Performance

artventions: a survey

The Following Piece, Vito Acconci, 1969, Performance

artventions: a survey

The Following Piece, Vito Acconci, 1969, Performance

artventions: a survey

Waterpod, Mary Mattingly, 2006, Intervention

artventions: a survey

Bench Press, Brolab, 2012, Intervention

artventions: a survey

The Following Piece, Vito Acconci, 1969, Performance



09 05 12
remembering vann nath

Sa Sa Bassac fills with the sound of Vann Nath's favorite song, Sra-em Dong Stung Sangke by Sin Sisamouth. Doors open at 5pm. Stop in and experience a simple joys of Vann Nath.

09 28 12
10 07 12

our city festival launch

Cambodia’s first and only public festival brings creatives together to focus on urbanism and its influence on contemporary culture. The festival presents over 30 projects across more than fifteen venues and public spaces throughout Phnom Penh and, for the first time, in Battambang. Join us for exhibitions, performances, and surprises. FREE!

ourcityfestival.com

urban interventions
02

Opinions welcomed during pin up by Adam Brent's class

10 25 12
theory of urban form
pin up 02: genealogy

Featuring student work that explores "The Nature of Sprawl"

peephole playground

zoe yates, 2012, close up

peephole playground

zoe yates, 2012, inside

peephole playground

zoe yates, 2012, From A Distance

peephole playground

zoe yates, 2012, close up



11 09 12
11 17 12

cambodian youth arts festival

Young artists, non-artists, teachers, students, and visitors passionate about visual and performing arts gather together.

www.cambodianartsfestival.org

12 14 12
theory of urban form
pin up 03: schizoanalysis

How has the design of urban space restructured human desire—from the agora to the department store to the mall? How do our desires reshape urban space—from the bottom up as in the informal megacity?

Assignment 03 examines one of capitalism’s greatest byproducts, desire—a key to exploring architecture’s role in creating sustainable urban futures.

In their modeling assignments, students have seen how urban space is structured around shifting power relations between various actors and agents. The city is read as text in attempt to understand the dynamics of these socio-spatial relations.

Students are asked to shift their point of view from the evolutionary to the here-and-now and attempt to experience urban space according to the desires of human subjects. How? “Mobile sections” or a series of sectional drawings / animations that cut vertically through the space of analysis in order to: (a) reveal relations and space as moving, experiential bodies and (b) map the activities and agents that produce said space in time.

How do we capture it all? Is it possible to experience, participate, absorb, & document?


kimberly tate
Adjunct Faculty
Parsons The New School for Design

Traces: Phnom Pehn

Victoria Marshall, 2013. light green Kvay Samnang's Cow Taxi Tour; bright green Lim Sokchanlina's Fences Tour; and dark green Lim Sokchanlina's tour of Randy Vattana's work—Bomb Ponds.

Traces: Phnom Pehn

Forming groups

Traces: Phnom Pehn

Exploring the village

Traces: Phnom Pehn

Asking questions

Traces: Phnom Pehn

Victoria Marshall, 2013. light green Kvay Samnang's Cow Taxi Tour; bright green Lim Sokchanlina's Fences Tour; and dark green Lim Sokchanlina's tour of Randy Vattana's work—Bomb Ponds.



Excursions not illustrated on this map include Than Sok's temple tour and the architectural tour led by Vuth Danith, Srey Danith, and Sam Sophea.

01 14 13
01 17 13

living arts city workshop
introduction

Victoria Marshall and Brian McGrath offer an introduction to the workshop. Sa Sa Bassac is presented by Erin Glesson; Four Talks: Urban Intervention by Adam Brent; Quartier des Spectacles: From Vision to Reality by Jonathan Lapalme; Artist-Led Urban Practices in Toronto by Joshua Barndt; and Theory of Urban Form by Marco Roël Rangel.

urban interventions in sa sa bassac
olympic stadium workout / fences tour / cow taxi tour

The exhibit consists of work from the Parsons The New School For Design studio course, Urban Interventions. In this course, students developed thematically linked interventions based on their research of work by artists-in-residence from Phnom Penh. Projects ranged from static objects to spontaneous performances. Urban Interventions are inherently playful and accessible to anyone as both art and design, yet perhaps it’s biggest impact is that of surprise and generosity. This now global practice boldly attempts to apply an additional layer to the urban landscape—a ply that suggests there is a more complete relationship to be had with the consuming
public as makers and users.

mapping geo-bodies

2013, Drawing & Sharing.

mapping geo-bodies

2013, Reflection & Discussion.

mapping geo-bodies

2013, Drawing & Sharing.



01 30 13
global exchange
week 01: our common ground

People’s lives aren't necessarily defined by a geographical place. So we collectively drew maps to illustrate mini biographies of our lives. By connecting the dots of formative experiences leading up to the present— where we were born, grew up, went to school, worked, and traveled—we can reveal hidden collages of our life, experiences, and ambitions.

02 06 13
global exchange
week 02: geo-bodies

We shared stories of the evolution of our geo-bodies framed by our reading of "Geo-Body, History and Nation- hood" in Thongchai Winichakul’s book Siam Mapped, we started to connect the dots within the class.

gel2013.wordpress.com

Ever mapped your geo-body? Give it a go...

kimberly tate
Adjunct Faculty
Parsons The New School for Design

02 11 13
cambodia: drop by drop you will feel the water

<Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Cambodia: Drop by Drop You Will Feel the Water is a multimedia exhibition exploring historical and contemporary relationships between Cambodia and the world with a particular emphasis on its ties to the United States. Maps, photographs, drawings, video recordings, installations, and fieldwork narratives from student work across the divisions of The New School.

Curators: Andres Gonzalez-Bode, Shelley Green, Jordan Lapolla, Fiona Mahurin, Jenny Werbell, and Zoe Yates.

Faculty: Jaskiran Dhillon and Radhika Subramaniam.

02 13 13
global exchange
week 03: ambassadors

Initial contacts between visting Cambodian artists, arts fellows, and Parsons students is established.

02 15 13
urban design studio
review 01 with brian mcgrath

02 20 13
global exchange
week 04: our first exchange, kong vollak

Thank you to Kong Vollak for sharing your energy and work. The artist shared his explorations with history, line, destruction of environment through materiality, and being in the box of the built environment. With ambassa- dors Thomas, Kyle, Jenny, and Alberto, the class engaged in an insightful exchange.

02 27 13
global exchange
week 05: geo-body of work and knowledge pin up

People’s lives aren't necessarily defined by a geographical place, especially in an immigrant rich place such as New York. Students come with complex and expansive ‘geo-bodies.’

What matters are most pressing in your community?

kimberly tate
Adjunct Faculty
Parsons The New School for Design

03 05 13
urban design studio: ecological thought
workshop for urban transaction

global exchange
framing the artist & fellow guides to new york

Thank you to Julia Knight, Program Director at Apexart, for sharing their perspective on the current challenges in contemporary arts. In particular, she noted the inhibitions inherent in our pre-conceptions and expectations of NYC. Consequently, Apexart strives to get visitors out of their comfort zone—a fantastic frame for our Artist Guides.

www.apex.org. In addition to serving as an amazing resource for NYC adventures, this blog is a great precedent for simple documentation.

urban design studio
review 02 with brian mcgrath

03 13 13
global exchange
week 07: guides in progress

03 15 13
global exchange
week 08: artist-led planning

WXY studio visit! Learn about artist-led urbanism. Feedback and inspiration from Jane Pirone of AMT, founding GEL faculty, and design diva of the famed NotForTourist guidebooks.

www.nft.com

guides: new york city

2013, Moqi Liu, detail.

guides: new york city

2013, Amy Lee Sanford & Moqui Liu, Topaz Arts Festival.

guides: new york city

Diego Rodriguez, detail

guides: new york city

2013, Moqi Liu, detail.



04 03 13
global exchange
week 09: transdisciplinary test drive

Enter Erin Gleeson and the artists of Stiev Selepak! Pagna and Set Pheap also share a Guide to Cambodia. Bill Morrish, Irene Leung, and Rashid Owoyele help us prepare for the Living Arts City Symposium.

04 06 13
04 07 13

living arts city colloquium
art and urbanism in phnom penh + new york

panel discussion & keynote
full-day colloquium in three acts

6:30–9 PM
Panel Discussion Arts and Urban Development in New York and Phnom Penh Keynote Address Refuge, Diaspora and Return—Cosmopolitan Phnom Penh by William Greaves, Director of Vann Molyvann Project

Kellen Auditorium, Parsons The New School for Design

10 AM–5 PM
full-day colloquium
Act 01 Icebreaking Workshop: Geo-body of the Living Arts City Act 02 Film Screening & Presentation: The Production of Space in the Living Arts City Act 03 Re-envisioning the City: Art and Urban Community

Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, The New School

04 21 13
urban design studio
review 03 with grahame shane

lac colloquium: re-envisioning the city

2013, Drawing together.

lac colloquium: re-envisioning the city

2013, Sharing ideas.

lac colloquium: re-envisioning the city

2013, Exploring through making.

lac colloquium: re-envisioning the city

2013, Discussion.

lac colloquium: re-envisioning the city

2013, Reflection

lac colloquium: re-envisioning the city

2013, Drawing together.



04 10 13
global exchange
week 10: the practice of curation

Season of Cambodia is a month-long festival of events. How do we document it all? Is it possible to experience, absorb, participate, and document? Erin Gleeson, Hannah Stevens, and the fellows share poignant insights regarding the act of curation as a creative and critical practice.

water, politics, & art
contemporary contexts for architecture and urbanism in phnom penh

Shelby Doyle, a faculty member at Parsons and 2011-2012 Fulbright research fellow based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, curates the exhibition. The exhibition is made possible through the support of Michele and Steve Pesner and Setpheap (Peace) San.

04 17 13
global exchange
week 11: visiting artists in process

Lim Sokchanlina and Khvay Samnang share their creative practices throughout their residence

master class: kong nay
the new school for jazz & contemporary music

Kong Nay is a CLA Master. He plays the chapei dang weng —a long neck 2-stringed guitar used in traditional songs and improvised pieces with satirical, rhyming verses.

What can we do in 06 weeks, 10 months...03 years?

kimberly tate
Adjunct Faculty
Parsons The New School for Design

05 01 13
global exchange
week 15: fellows vision visualization

Global Exchange students bring power to the fellows' words by helping to visualize the lessons and goals that they'll take with them back to Cambodia.

05 04 13
living arts city colloquium
building a collective narrative and preparing to return

Organized by Parsons The New School for Design in partnership with Season of Cambodia and the Mark Morris Dance Group.

urban design studio
final review and parsons festival senior studio exhibition opening

This concluding colloquium encourages participants to offer insights gained from Season of Cambodia and to reflect on what it means to nurture a resilient living arts city in Cambodia as well as in New York.

colloquium in action

The closing event of “Living Arts City” at the Mark Morris Dance Center.

colloquium in action

Thought Bubbles

colloquium in action

Serious Fun

colloquium in action

Serious fun

colloquium in action

Serious fun.

colloquium in action

The closing event of “Living Arts City” at the Mark Morris Dance Center.



Indivdiuals— artists, students, and residents gather with various cultural institutions for an interactive discussion about the problems and potentials of Phnom Penh.

workshop in action

workshop in action

workshop in action

workshop in action

workshop in action



11 14 13
confluences, boundaries, & voices
workshop

This workshop continues an international exchange between Parsons The New School for Design, Royal University of Fine Arts, Sa Sa Bassac, Urban Voice Cambodia, and Lumhor Journal that came about with Season of Cambodia—an arts festival in New York City presented by Cambodia Living Arts. This workshop brings together a wide array of urban actors that are not usually considered part of urban design and development.

Phnom Penh Visions is a collaborative project between Lumhor Journal and Cambodian artists Kong Vollak and Prom Putvisal that provides new platforms for illustrating ideas for Phnom Penh.

workshop in action

workshop in action

workshop in action

workshop in action

workshop in action

workshop in action



01 17 14
phnom penh visions
workshop

Phnom Penh Visions is an urban project that aims to show new ideas for the future of Phnom Penh from students, architects, artists, and all kinds of people. We are creating a regular feature in a magazine where readers can submit ideas about what to do with unused space throughout the city. Any and all ideas are welcomed.
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