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HomeLand Lab: Exploring the Intersection of Public Space and Homelessness

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Brice Maryman is a 2017 recipient of the $25,000 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. His project explores the spatial manifestations of homelessness on the landscape, documents current management approaches, and aims to offer comprehensive, community‚Äźbased spatial strategies to create better, more successful public spaces for all.

As part of his research, Brice has created the HomeLand Lab podcast. Available at  homelandlab.com or on iTunes, the podcast invites listeners to engage in a wide-ranging conversation on homelessness and public space. With a diversity of perspectives, Brice hopes that  a more nuanced and productive conversation can emerge about the profound relationship between homelessness and public space.

In the first five episodes, he has spoken with politicians, people who have experienced homelessness, designers, academics and public space managers, each of whom has offered intelligent, insights about the state of poverty and homelessness in American public spaces today.  

  1. Aidan J. ffrench MILIAug 12th, 2017 6:45am
    Aidan J. ffrench MILI said:

    Thank you for focusing on this issue that is of global relevance, and especially in the so-called, 'developed', capitalist West.
    I can't forget the dreadfully sad scenes that greeted me in Seattle last March, on my first visit to that great city; en route by taxi to a meeting with Michael Siosaki, landscape architect and director of the City's Parks Planning Division.
    The scenes were of law enforcement officers dismantling and removing homeless encampments (just like the one in the photo above) and homeless people, from beneath the intimidating freeway intersections.
    I couldn't help thinking of just how "great" is this Trumpian America. What is "great" about a society that treats its most poor and vulnerable in that manner? Justice?
    Back home in Ireland, we too have an appalling, inexcusable housing and homeless crisis, ceated in large party through the failed, inequitable ideology of neo-liberalism and failed planning policies.
    Landscape Architects cannot and should not turn a blind eye to these placemaking failures. We practice in a socio-economic context and must educate ourselves and raise our political consciousness about these issues; and act accordingly.

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