On framing urban research . . .

“Urban planning is the organization of hope.”
– Howell S. Baum

“If contemporary art, architecture, and urbanism do not enter the socio-political, economic, and cultural dimension of the territories they occupy, they are destined to continue to be isolated formal events, perpetuating the idea of the city as a static repository of objects instead of revealing its potential as a dynamic field whose thickness is made of the complexity of its multiple forces and mutating histories and identities.”

-Teddy Cruz, “Border Postcards: Chronicles from the Edge.”

“What we’re suggesting here is that this starts with a new kind of advocacy that emphasizes the importance of identifying and documenting progressive practices that already exist, but that are underappreciated and have little legitimacy.  [What] we’re suggesting is that there is an entire phase of planning that should happen before we start talking about policies . . . imagine for a moment that at this time when things seem like they can’t get any worse . . . they don’t.”

-Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca and Georgeen Theodore (INTERBORO), “Improve Your Lot! Introduction: The New Suburbanism.”