In the fall of 2014, City as Living Laboratory (CaLL) continued its BROADWAY: 1000 Steps project with a series of walking dialogues between artists and scientists. CaLL began conducting walks along Broadway in 2011 at the invitation of the Municipal Art Society. Building on earlier walks that have spanned the 18 mile length of Broadway, these WALKS focused on three hubs of the avenue: 125th Street in Harlem, 34th Street in The Garment District, and Chinatown. The artist/scientist teams discussed, between themselves and the public, a variety of environmental challenges along the Broadway corridor, with particular focus on surrounding neighborhoods.

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Torkwase Dyson (Artist) and Cindi Katz (Geographer) led a dialogue about gender, architecture and nomadism as they pertain to new geographies of climate change.  

SPURSE (Iain Kerr and Petia Morozov ) led an exploration of the sidewalk ecology of Harlem through the lens of urban foraging.

Victoria Marshall (Landscape Architect) and Timon McPhearson (Urban Ecologist), led a dialog about blocks, roofs and health with particular attention to billboard space, setbacks, and sandwich space.

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Tattfoo Tan (Artist) and Stuart Gaffin (Ecologist) on the consideration of the historical and geological relationship between Pier 42, the site of Tan’s new sculpture  NEAKA (New Earth Apocalypse Knowledge Advancement) and Collect Pond.

Elliott Maltby (Urban Designer, Thread Collective) and Theo Barbagianis (Environmental/Water Resources Engineer) Exposing the “backstage” of infrastructure in Lower Manhattan through the story of Collect Pond, and its part in the development of NYC's water infrastructure.


Adeola Enigbokan (Artist/ Environmental Psychologist) and Dr. Tarry Hum (Urban Planner) Titled Piece Walk--Free Zone this WALK pieces together the intricate web of labor that links the Garment District to immigrant enclaves in New York City, and to factories in "Free Zones" around the globe.


The fall WALKS were organized in partnership with NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) and Theatrum Mundi. Research for the WALKS were supported by students from the NYU Gallatin School of Individual Study. A panel discussion was held at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 to reflect on key experiences and hot topics that emerged through the walking dialogues.

The CaLL/WALKS were made possible with generous support from Agnes Gund, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.