Urban Palimpsest — destruction and renewal
Through lectures, discussions, film, and art installations, The Commons seeks to explore the implied and inherent values of the urban environment, both visible and understood. The word palimpsest suggests the act of scraping away a layer of writing in preparation for the inscription of new words. Programs provided throughout the year will examine the many ramifications of what comprises life of a city.
Possible questions include:
- Why do we build cities in uninhabitable places?
- Are cities more critical to our survival than rural areas?
- What importance should we place on the layers of meaning within a city?
- Is it wise to rebuild cities that have been devastated by natural disasters and may be again?
- What does it take to rebuild a city?
- Can we separate emotion from the discussion of a city’s contributions to the world?