WHY WE WALK
To CALL/City as Living Laboratory, walking the streets of the city alongside our neighbors is an essential part of uncovering hidden ecologies, seeing things differently, and building a vision for a sustainable future.
Since its inception, CALL/ City as Living Laboratory has embedded public walks co-lead by teams of artists and scientists into the core of our programming. These walks create opportunities to connect with local residents, generate conversations that identify urban environmental challenges, and begin to construct creative visions for the future. CALL/WALKS are the kick-off point for all our major initiatives.
This year, CALL is expanding our network and launching a national program of walks, funded by the NEA Our Town program. On the first weekend of May, walkers in Baltimore, Milwaukee, NYC, Pittsburgh, Santa Fe & Washington DC will examine the environmental issues in their neighborhoods through the lens of scientifically-informed art.
From collaborative performance-art experiences to detailed scientific expedition, we can’t wait to hear about all the innovative ideas that emerge!
JOIN A 2019 CALL/WALK
Led by artist and designer Fatima Laster & scientist Jerome Flogel, this walk will explore the historic Garden Homes Neighborhood and the green infrastructure/water features that surround it.
Led by artist Jann Rosen-Queralt and ecologist Lea Johnson, this WALK will examine the interconnected ecology of the Jones Falls Watershed.
Led by artist Portia Cobb & environmental engineer Tory Kress, this walk will envision the future of the 30th Street Industrial Corridor.
Lead by artist Andrea Pollis and scientist Luis Campos, Atomic Stories will look at unique crossovers between the nuclear history of the region and how its continuing impacts have been represented in popular and traditional cultures and the arts, and will invite participants to imagine new ways to represent this complex history and possible futures.
Led by designer Stephen Fan and economic botanist Valerie Imbruce, this walk will highlight what's resilient and vulnerable to the way that food provisioning works in Chinatown, addressing the central question: how has the Chinatown food system shaped agricultural and urban development?
Led by artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful and John Butler, this WALK will help participants connect viserally with local trees, while developing a deeper understanding of the role of the riparian forest in Van Cortlandt Park.
Lake Roland: Living Boundaries explores the scientific, artistic and social principles of absorption at Lake Roland, a defunct reservoir surrounded by parkland at the edge of Baltimore City.
Participate in an art and science led walk that explores historic, Old Town Alexandria by engaging participants to reflect on its history to the Potomac, share experiences with flooding, and consider what actions are in the works to support community members and businesses faced with the prospect of rising seas and extreme weather.
The walk will take place in Hays Woods, a large tract of former industrial land that has mostly reverted to forest. Along the route we will discuss the natural features of the site in the context of its past as a former coal mine and its future as a City Park, with the idea that it will become a living laboratory for urban forestry, conservation, and recreation.
How do we engage with land and history as New York City undergoes gentrification and climate changes? Based in Place invites participants to engage in a walk that considers the implications of being in place as it relates to the geographical and cultural history of Van Cortlandt Park.