Cities are the evidence of palimpsest [a palimpsest is something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface, an overlay of classes and generations]. Constant changes are evident everywhere in the city, where the new erases the old and the weather erases the new. It is a natural course of the life of a city. Cities are never in a tabula rasa state; they are in a slow, constant process of transformation. The city is like a living organism, breathing with life of inhabitants, the climate, of use. The city becomes a rich tapestry of empty spaces with potential; dense spaces with intense investment and attachment; and ordinary ‘in-between’ spaces that are in constant transformation and negotiation. In these spaces, ‘everyday urbanism’ takes root and flourishes.
A phenomenon that has emerged within cities is the presence of makers and entrepreneurs in the built environment, and how they’ve been reshaping underutilized spaces to meet their needs, often times without including the architect in the process until legal frameworks and code processes require them to do so. The Connecting the Dottes project will engage the design and use of these public/informal spaces that are created by entrepreneurial communities and clients in urban settings.