Ayasha Guerin

 

Ayasha Guerin is an artist and a graduate student who studies the complex relationships between urbanism and environmental ecologies. Her photography, installation, research and writing concern themes of urbanity and the public sphere, collaborative design, community and ecology. These interests once took her across the Atlantic ocean to study at various universities and art/architecture practices in Europe - a journey that ultimately led her right back to New York, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in American Studies at NYU. With a focus on New York City, her research questions the implications that U.S. capitalist land-use values and grassroots activism have for understandings of, and experiences in, the public spheres of 21st century cities. When she’s not writing or blogging about this, Ayasha enjoys urban gardens, vegetarian cooking, vintage jewelry, and organizing pop-up art exhibitions on vacant lots. Follow her on Twitter at @urban_praxis

Ayasha Guerin
The Recycled Orchestra Performs Using Instruments Made from Landfill Trash

The Recycled Orchestra Performs Using Instruments Made from Landfill Trash

Cateura is a place, one resident explains, “where a violin costs more than a house.” But despite residents' modest means, the Recycled Orchestra performs in classrooms as well as concert

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Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its

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Sierra Club Draws a Subway Map of America’s National Parks

Sierra Club Draws a Subway Map of America’s National Parks

The Sierra Club has created this fun map that depicts U.S. National Parks as if they were stops on a nationwide subway system. The awesome cartography depicts separate "regional" lines that host

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Anna Heringer’s Rammed Earth MudWorks Installation at Harvard’s GSD Still Standing

Anna Heringer’s Rammed Earth MudWorks Installation at Harvard’s GSD Still Standing

MudWorks is a design project Initiated by Anna Heringer (2012 Loeb Fellow) and Martin Rauch (and expert in clay architecture), and produced by the 2012 Loeb Fellows. In late March, designers and

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6 Ways Artists Are Recycling Guns for Peace

6 Ways Artists Are Recycling Guns for Peace

Transforming Arms into Tools, Mozambique Since 1995, The Christian Council of Mozambique has managed a program that offers tools (such as bicycles, sewing machines and hoes) to those who bring

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2012 Architecten Design a Mobile Ice Cream Stand Made Out of Recycled Refrigerators

2012 Architecten Design a Mobile Ice Cream Stand Made Out of Recycled Refrigerators

Built by Wout Rockx (Xenomobile) and Joris Rockx, the collapsible ice cream stand can undergo a transformer-like cranking to reveal an open space for scooping and serving cool treats. (Watch

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James Corner to Redesign 55-Acre South Plaza of London’s Olympic Park

James Corner to Redesign 55-Acre South Plaza of London’s Olympic Park

The redesigned Olympic Park will include a 12-metre wide tree-lined promenade that will open up to a series of outdoor “rooms”, separated by tall grasses. These active spaces will host a

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Br+a+ce’s Mobile Farm Stand Is Designed to Bring Fresh Food to Boston’s Mattapan Neighborhood

Br+a+ce’s Mobile Farm Stand Is Designed to Bring Fresh Food to Boston’s Mattapan Neighborhood

Br+a+ce’s pedal-powered Mobile Farm Stand has been designed to bring fresh food to neighborhoods with inadequate access to fruit and vegetable providers. Curiously described as a

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Vintage Trolleybuses Creatively Converted Into Colorful Community Art Spaces

Vintage Trolleybuses Creatively Converted Into Colorful Community Art Spaces

On the Plaza Luis Cabrera in Mexico City, two 1960’s Mitsubishi trolleybuses have been permanently parked for public use as part of a larger arts initiative in the Roma, Condesa and

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Mexico City Reinterprets the Traditional Flowerpot with Salvaged Materials

Mexico City Reinterprets the Traditional Flowerpot with Salvaged Materials

One only has to walk a few blocks of Mexico City’s Roma district to notice street after street lined with curiously shaped planters. Rather than buying new pots to grow urban greenery, many

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