On Sep 20, 2015, at 12:41 PM, Nancy Nowacek wrote:
I’m sorry I haven’t had more time to dedicate to this incredible opportunity—I’ve been scrambling to get multiple insurance policies, funding, contracts, and materials aligned to build and test the fully engineered bridge prototype next week. We’ve had to postpone two other times, and this is our last chance before the weather changes and/or the space on the pier gets rented to a longer-term tenant.
Instead of starting a 500-word essay from scratch about why I agree with your thesis, and how Citizen Bridge is an attempt to be both beautiful, experiential, empowering, and a catalyst to inspire others to become environmental advocates and take on the imagination of the future of the city as it sinks—I took a stab at a new draft of the pledge on citizenship that I’ve been working on in concert with Citizen Bridge. In my mind, it’s a pledge that participants can sign before crossing over the water.
Over the course of this project, I have thought a lot about what citizenship means to me, and have come to the conclusion that it’s the space between us—between people, and between us and the environment—and how we speak to, act in, and care for that space in-between. More than allegiance to a nation-state, I believe citizenship is how we act with respect to one another and the world around us.
I’d like to call it something like “Citizenship, A Draft for a Future”—thoughts?
NANCY NOWACEK draws on grammars of exercise, architecture, urban planning, and engineering systems, to explore the exchange between the body, labor, leisure, and the built and natural environment. Nowacek?s work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Canada, and Europe, and she is currently a fellow at Eyebeam Atelier. She is based in Brooklyn and teaches at NYU.