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My Mark, My City and Design Week
November 04, 2019
In October 2019, the Anchorage Museum launched a series of projects and installations to highlight response to climate change and to connect to the MY MARK: MY CITY project of the Museum of the United Nations. The Museum worked with the themes of Prototype, Respond and Reconnect as a way to position thinking for the future. Many of the projects coincided with the Museum’s Anchorage Design Week, which extends into the city and includes many collaborators, including the Municipality of Anchorage.
The projects included:
How do we create a sustainable city? We prototyped a bikeable city, a reforested city, and a city that embraces reuse. We worked with local artists and designers to create furniture from leftover bike parts and to shut down a city street to prototype biking lanes and biking culture, to convert rooms in the Museum’s SEED Lab into celebrations of reuse working with the Habitat for Humanity’s restore, and hosted conversations around homelessness, transportation, and the future Arctic. We rolled out a Future Arctic board game to help people imagine the future of Northern cities, working with the design collective Lateral North.
A series of graphic design installations throughout the city that played with phrases drawn from workshops that focus on civic solutions. We created murals on the side of the Museum’s SEED Lab building and added phrases to a city water tower, bus stops, library, housing, mall, parking garages and other unexpected places. We also worked with youth to create their own images and phrases and produced buttons and t-shirts for youth with the future phrases. We posed questions about what language is needed to focus on the future and to move forward from intractable issues. Phase II will include projections of glacial images on civic spaces and a youth summit on December 14.
With the Reconnect theme, we explore how urban places need to reconnect with the natural landscape in order to understand climate change and possible responses. We talked about urban foraging, designed a city clock to run on Alaska River Time, and create site-specific installations that highlighted Indigenous histories of civic places and to respond to current issues such as food security and forest fires.
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