New Public Sites
New Public Sites is a way of exploring the history, design, and poetry of place. Through New Public Sites walks, maps and videos, Public Artist Graham Coreil-Allen cultivates pedestrian agency, interprets aspects of the everyday, and investigates the negotiable nature of the built environment. Along the way participants learn how regular people are shaping public spaces to meet their needs and celebrate culture. New Public Sites invites you to practice “radical pedestrianism” – traveling by foot through infinite sites of freedom while testing the limits of and redefining public space.
Graham Coreil-Allen is a Baltimore-based public artist and organizer working to make cities more inclusive and livable through public art, placemaking, and civic engagement. Coreil-Allen collaborates with neighbors to interpret and activate public space through placemaking projects for pedestrian safety and play, interactive mapping, and radical walking tours. The public artist studied at Tulane School of Architecture, completed his BA at New College of Florida and received his MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art. Coreil-Allen has created projects with the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, The Deitch/Creative Time Art Parade, Eyebeam, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Arlington Art Center, Artscape, Transmodern Festival, VisArts, Current Space, ICA Baltimore, Light City, and the American Pavilion in the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale. Coreil-Allen served as a 2018 Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow collaborating with his West Baltimore neighbors to advocate for complete streets access to Druid Hill Park.grahamprojects.com
Field Guide to Invisible Sites
New Public Sites consist of everyday public spaces existing in one or more of three states: rendered mute by their physical and discursive emptiness, ambiguous due to contextual contradictions of urban design, and/or invisible from a lack of formal architectural framing and practical readability. Newpublicsites.org is the living collection of recent and on-going New Public Sites tours, terms, experiences and ideas derived from our everyday public spaces. The Field Guide to Invisible Sites organizes these public spaces into a system of sites, components, qualities and concepts, indexed and described through maps, terms, definitions, images and videos. The field guide not only represents a system of classification, but also a playful yet serious linguistic intervention into the discourses of architecture and planning. Through invented and appropriated language, this collection of architecture poetry challenges the authority of how public space is represented.