(Action Drawing, GSAPP MSAUD Summer UD studio, Jun 23, 2009, A0 size poster)
After 2 week’s research on Queens west, I did not want to use the academic ‘term’ gentrification, but gentrification just too fit for Long Island’s situation not to use it in poster, even if ‘we’ learn this word just 1 day before pin-up. Through the historical research of landuse and builtyear, we can find there’s rapid change in LIC, and the milestones were flux of transportation. As landuse spectrum shows us, it makes change of industry and people’s life in Queens west. 100 years’ forming urban fabric was based on the industry, and step by step, slowly, but recent re-development was not. It’s too fast and forced by beautiful but not-affordable city’s master plan. It makes natives low-income queens native outside of Queens.
(Queens native talks with Chris, complaining recent change of Queens, 85)
Gentrification in Queens west is exactly same in Seoul. Maybe city driven by capital from all over the world have same problem.
After 48 hours’ straight work and pin-up, there was some beer party. (Always 6 PM on Friday free beer, Giving Student Alcohol Phor Phree since 1881) I was waiting for other some guys outside smoking on a bench for dinner. I didn’t know that I fell asleep. I heard that someone’s sleeping on a school bench, school security wake him up, but I wear a fat back pack and lean to it, it seems not sleeping. Anyway, no one noticed me or woke me up, I wake up after sunset. I was a Columbian homeless. I never had shower or wash for 48 hours, and never eat for 24 hours, and sleep outside. Moreover, I realized that I left my front door key home. Good. What a perfect day. Sitting on a stair, waiting for any neighbor coming in or out, really fucked up in mind, for the first time, I felt little bit of home sick.