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
Olafur Eliasson Brings Pieces of Actual Iceland Glacier to His EXPO 1 Exhibit at MoMA PS1 (PHOTOS)

Olafur Eliasson Brings Pieces of Actual Iceland Glacier to His EXPO 1 Exhibit at MoMA PS1 (PHOTOS)

The oldest ice in the glacier is estimated to have originated some 800 years ago, around AD 1200, which sheds some light on the curious title of the piece. As PS1 puts it, “the…

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RECIPE: How To Make the “Best Kale Salad” with Chef Joya Carlton of The Butcher’s Daughter

RECIPE: How To Make the “Best Kale Salad” with Chef Joya Carlton of The Butcher’s Daughter

To make "The Best Kale Salad” you will need: One Bowl of Baby Kale One-half Avocado One-half Green Apple Sunflower Seeds Tahini Brown Sugar to Taste Note: The baby kale…

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596 Acres Launches

596 Acres Launches "I'm So Lucky You Found Me" Art Book About NYC Vacant Land

Eizirik, an illustrator from Brazil, spent a month sketching and interacting with Brooklyn’s vacant public land and residents, creating a series of drawings and collages that trace…

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Tom Olesnevich's Intriguing Photos Show NYC From a Bicycle Wheel's Perspective

Tom Olesnevich's Intriguing Photos Show NYC From a Bicycle Wheel's Perspective

Hitching a DSLR to the underside of GorillaPod bike, Olesnevich was able to snap images via infrared remote while riding. Called NYC by Bike, the unique images take the viewer on a…

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Brooklyn Cruiser Releases Special Edition MoMA Red Bicycles

Brooklyn Cruiser Releases Special Edition MoMA Red Bicycles

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasures of a bike ride", JFK is noted as having said, and urban cyclists do agree. Based on the classic design of the Dutch bike, while featuring the…

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NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn Wants NYC Schools to Swap Textbooks for Tablets

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn Wants NYC Schools to Swap Textbooks for Tablets

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an undeclared candidate in the 2013 mayoral race, recently shared her proposal to swap textbooks for tablets in NYC public schools. Quinn reasons…

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Foster + Partners Designs LEED Gold-Seeking Porcelanosa Showroom in Manhattan

Foster + Partners Designs LEED Gold-Seeking Porcelanosa Showroom in Manhattan

Porcelanosa, a premiere European manufacturer of ceramic and porcelain tile, has announced its plans to renovate its flagship showroom in the Commodore Criterion building in Midtown…

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View from the Cloisters Museum Threatened by LG Electronics' New Highrise Construction by HOK

View from the Cloisters Museum Threatened by LG Electronics' New Highrise Construction by HOK

LG, one of the largest taxpayers in the area, received approval for the intended development last fall by the New Jersey State Department of Transportation and Department of…

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CODA Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition with

CODA Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition with "Party Wall" Made of Skateboard Scraps

The renderings for Party Wall show a series of steel poles clad in a woven skin of waste wood. Polyester bags filled with water will be suspended within the structure and, rather than…

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Seaside Heights to Rebuild Its Historic Boardwalk by Memorial Day

Seaside Heights to Rebuild Its Historic Boardwalk by Memorial Day

Seaside Heights, which boasts one of the most famous boardwalks on the East Coast, is in the process of rebuilding its oceanfront promenade, which was destroyed last October by…

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PHOTOS: Students Showcase Interactive Art Made with Salvaged Materials at NYU’s ITP Winter Show

PHOTOS: Students Showcase Interactive Art Made with Salvaged Materials at NYU’s ITP Winter Show

The Bashtray Project, a series of ashtrays that displayed presidential candidates' faces, was a fun project that engaged people during the 2012 presidential election by giving users the…

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Reclaim NYC Furniture Made From Sandy Debris Still Available for Sale

Reclaim NYC Furniture Made From Sandy Debris Still Available for Sale

There are still 9 Reclaim NYC pieces left for sale through Lin Morris. Among them is a candelabra by Bec Brittain made from salvaged steel, which was blackened on the bottom half after…

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NY Restoration Project's Gardens for the City Applications Are Due Today

NY Restoration Project's Gardens for the City Applications Are Due Today

If you've been dreaming about a community garden for your neighborhood, don't miss your chance to have the New York Restoration Project boost your project with building materials,…

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The People's Recovery Summit Invites New Yorkers to Support Sustainable Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

The People's Recovery Summit Invites New Yorkers to Support Sustainable Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

The People's Recovery is a 3-day summit in February that invites New Yorkers to learn about and support equitable and sustainable rebuilding efforts in Hurricane Sandy-affected…

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Google Street View Begins Documenting Hurricane Sandy Damage for Updated Maps

Google Street View Begins Documenting Hurricane Sandy Damage for Updated Maps

Since Hurricane Sandy swept through the east coast last October, residents of affected streets have had to live among visual reminders of the storm's destruction. Burned facades,…

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PHOTOS: Occupy Sandy Film Premier Projected Over East Village Mobil Gas Station

PHOTOS: Occupy Sandy Film Premier Projected Over East Village Mobil Gas Station

The 20-minute film featured interviews with residents, volunteers and activists at Occupy Sandy headquarters and in some of New York's worst affected disaster sites - the Rockaways in…

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NYC Swapping Wooden Boardwalks with Concrete Version That Could Stand Up Better to Hurricanes

NYC Swapping Wooden Boardwalks with Concrete Version That Could Stand Up Better to Hurricanes

Although most nature lovers may agree that walking barefoot on wood beats doing so on concrete, the new materials to be used are actually more environmentally-friendly in many ways. The…

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PHOTOS: Dwell's City Modern Home Tours Take You Inside Two of Brooklyn's Coolest Homes

PHOTOS: Dwell's City Modern Home Tours Take You Inside Two of Brooklyn's Coolest Homes

The Willow Street Residence, a renovated townhouse with a historic façade was located on a quiet, tree-canopied street. This site had gone through several architectural changes before…

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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Allowing NY Micro-distillers to Sell Local Booze at Farmers Markets

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Allowing NY Micro-distillers to Sell Local Booze at Farmers Markets

Whiskey Distillery Photo by Shutterstock Yesterday Gov. Coumo signed legislation that will allow small, local booze companies (a.k.a micro-distillers) to sell bottles of their…

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Foster + Partners' Soaring and Sustainable Design Chosen for New 425 Park Avenue Tower in Manhattan

Foster + Partners' Soaring and Sustainable Design Chosen for New 425 Park Avenue Tower in Manhattan

Image by dbox Branding & Creative for F+P This morning, Foster + Partners sent us word that they recently won the competition to design a new tower for 425 Park Avenue. The tower,…

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596 Acres Uses Thought-Provoking Signage to Notify New Yorkers to Take Back Their Public Land

596 Acres Uses Thought-Provoking Signage to Notify New Yorkers to Take Back Their Public Land

596 Acres, named after the amount of land owned by the public in Brooklyn, is made up of unpaid NYC volunteers who help residents communicate with the city’s Greenthumb office to turn…

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PHOTOS: Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon Launch

PHOTOS: Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon Launch "Artists Against Fracking" Group

At the conference, Sean explained that New York governor Andrew Cuomo has the choice to decide whether to allow shale gas drilling and hydrofracking in New York State.…

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Spacesmith's Shimmering LEED Gold NYPD Tow Operations Building Makes You Feel Less Awful That Your Car Got Towed

Spacesmith's Shimmering LEED Gold NYPD Tow Operations Building Makes You Feel Less Awful That Your Car Got Towed

There has been lots of buzz lately about revamping the largely abandoned architecture of the Brooklyn Navy Yard lately, but the NYPD has been ahead of the game for years now. The…

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45 Beehives Confiscated From Queens

45 Beehives Confiscated From Queens "Bee Hoarder" Yi Gin Chen

Image credit: Jeanne Noonan for New York Daily News In a turn of events that could have aired on TV as Hoarders: Bee Edition, 45 beehives hosting 3 million bees were seized last…

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Floating Beer Garden on Repurposed Ferry Coming to Long Island City, Queens

Floating Beer Garden on Repurposed Ferry Coming to Long Island City, Queens

Photo credit: DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska Thirsty Long Island City-ites will soon be getting a new watering hole - on a boat. The floating bar will reside upon an old ferry in the…

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