Perfect City: Avoidance Mapping Workshop

Avoidance Mapping is a workshop and roundtable conversation that makes visible our hidden skills at navigating the city. Perfect City leads Avoidance Mapping with students, community members in shelter, planners and architects. We are excited to bring the work home to Abrons this spring.

How do you belong when you move through a place? What do you avoid as you go?


ABOUT

Formed in 2016, Perfect City is a 20-year art and advocacy working group looking at gentrification, gender equity and urban planning. Housed at Abrons Arts Center through a PATHS social practice residency, we create performances, walking tours and public conversations, teach workshops in colleges, community centers and women’s shelters, and write for architecture and urban studies journals. Our work starts with a series of community agreements that lets newcomers and working group members participate with real depth and safety. Formed by theater artist Aaron Landsman, Perfect City is collectively run with young artists and organizers Tyler Diaz, Jahmorei Snipes and Tiffany Zorrilla. Our founding principle is that people who grow up in cities are the ones best suited to plan more equitable futures, but that gentrification’s policy and design priorities hold marginalized city-dwellers back from creating those futures.


FUNDING

Perfect City is supported by an Abrons Arts Center, and has been funded by the Jerome, Rubin and Graham Foundations, individual donors, LMCC, Princeton University and Confident Futures, a research project in New York and Amsterdam.