Petra Marar and Levi Schoenfeld: Recent Work

The West Sibley Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by Petra Marar (M.R.P./M.L.A. '15) and Levi Schoenfeld (URS '15).

Petra Marar: Sh​ared Ground: American Industrial Publics of the Bakken Oil Boom

The Bakken oil boom's crude-by-rail corridor provides a gateway to the shared ground of industrial and public spaces. The volatility of industrial processes defies zoning line work, as revealed by the boom's derailments, explosions and fatalities, and the jobs tied to its railroad and waterways. These externalities produce publics and public spaces. Marar tested fieldwork and representational techniques driving thousands of miles along the CSX and BNSF rail corridors from the Port of Albany, New York to Williston, North Dakota. 

This project was funded by the Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies Research Fellowship and the E. Gorton Davis Travel Fellowship. Marar currently develops this work in her M.L.A. design thesis that focuses on the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna, New York.

Levi Schoenfeld: How Would You? Sustainable Urbanism and the Cornell Tech Brand

The Cornell Tech campus is primed to usher in a new age of technological entrepreneurism in New York City. Concurrently, pressing environmental and social issues threaten the vitality and long term resiliency of our cities. Because of their criticality and complexity, these issues demand new and innovative treatments to generate a new age of sustainability and equity. By combining the collective conscience of local residents, the efforts of city services, and the potential of Cornell Tech students we will yield the solutions to the city's most challenging questions. To this end, my undergraduate honors thesis aims to redefine the brand engagement strategy at Cornell Tech through a series of environmental graphics which blend the entrepreneurial and technological spirit of the college with a more responsible ethos surrounding environmental and equity issues. Ultimately, it seeks to prompt thought, dialogue and action in the city.

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