Loving Orphaned Space

The Art and Science of Belonging to Earth

Mrill Ingram
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PB: $24.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-2195-1
Publication: May 22

HC: $99.50
EAN: 978-1-4399-2194-4
Publication: May 22

Ebook: $24.95
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203 pages
5.5 x 8.25
24 color photos, 2 halftones, 5 maps

Providing a new vision for the ignored and abused spaces around us

Description

How we relate to orphaned space matters. Voids, marginalia, empty spaces—from abandoned gas stations to polluted waterways—are created and maintained by politics, and often go unquestioned. In Loving Orphaned Space, Mrill Ingram provides a call to action to claim and to cherish these neglected spaces and make them a source of inspiration through art and/or remuneration.

Ingram advocates not only for “urban greening” and “green planning,” but also for “radical caring.” These efforts create awareness and understanding of ecological connectivity and environmental justice issues—from the expropriation of land from tribal nations, to how race and class issues contribute to creating orphaned space. Case studies feature artists, scientists, and community collaborations in Chicago, New York, and Fargo, ND, where grounded and practical work of a fundamentally feminist nature challenges us to build networks of connection and care.

The work of environmental artists who venture into and transform these disconnected sites of infrastructure allow us to rethink how to manage the enormous amount of existing overlooked and abused space. Loving Orphaned Space provides new ways humans can negotiate being better citizens of Earth.

About the Author(s)

Mrill Ingram is a Geographer and Participatory Action Research Scientist at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the coauthor of The Power of Narrative in Environmental Networks.


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