Gavin Kroeber is an artist, curator, and writer. His projects and writings, which poach from visual art, urban theory, and performance, are concerned broadly with cultural dynamics of power and in particular with their expression in the poetics of place. His current work is focused on the extreme urbanism of America's Western Sun Belt and redirective approaches to landscape. Projects in development include the performance-lecture Verdant Cities: A Warning and two public programs in St. Louis: the Fall 2017 social series At the Edge of Everything Else and a Spring 2018 event, The Autumnal City: A Midwestern Festival of Urbanism and Futurism. He is half of the curatorial collaborative Experience Economies (with Rebecca Uchill) and holds a Master of Design Studies in Art, Design, and the Public Domain from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
"This is Not About a Building: Mary Ellen Carroll’s prototype 180" is an extended consideration of the artist’s ongoing project in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, written for Afterall in 2013. Beginning from a consideration of the project’s policy context—Houston’s famous “no zoning” planning regime—and Lefebvrian underpinnings, the essay branches out to consider the ways rhetoric and organizational form perform as the work’s primary materials.