In Gift City architect and theorist, Keller Easterling offers biting, provocative commentary on the enticing pile of gifts, to make visible the assets and advantages that cities already bring to the table for their investors and citizens. While econometrics rules the world, this project demonstrates the value of a spatial portfolio of urban arrangements and relationships. With portfolios such as these, cities around the world might reappraise their worth and make a better bargain for their future.
Keller Easterling is an architect, writer, and professor at Yale University. She is the author of Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America, Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades, and Extrastatecraft: the Power of Infrastructure Space. Her work has been shown at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, the 3rd Rotterdam Biennial, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Queens Museum.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website