The arts and education project, INVISIBLE CITIES looks at the digital divide between the “haves” and the “have nots.”

In late fall 2005, Peter Norrman and John Cleater (with The Builders Association) began working with collaborators both in central Brooklyn through the Brooklyn College Community Partnership and through the Institute for Collaborative Education in Manhattan .

Both of these institutions focus on serving primarily “at risk” teens.
Over the course of two years, the Builders worked with students, merging visions of the city’s complex present with possible futures for New York. The project evoked imaginary, virtual worlds, but also the marginalized sub-cities in which this project’s teenage participants live.

We started by asking what is a “city” for its many different inhabitants? Are there parts of New York City which are only visible to some of its inhabitants, and why?

The final project resulted in an architectural exhibition at the 3LD Art & Technology Center, a new gallery space in lower Manhattan.

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