Ample Opportunity: A Community Dialogue
In 1997, the NMR-GP team endeavored to generate an informed public conversation regarding Nine Mile, a brownfield site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania being developed into a mix of housing and public greenway. Brownfield development is routinely the domain of engineers, economists and public policy analysts who work to dissolve the brownfield "problem." Alternatively, this artist-lead team regards brownfield development as opportunities rather than problems. Considering brownfields as the legacy of the industrial revolution, a cultural event that effectively privitized America's urban rivers, streams and estuaries, the team approaches the work as the cultural reclamation of public use, value and aesthetics.