Gavin Kroeber is an artist whose projects and writings poach from visual art, urban theory, and performance. He produces performance events and curatorial projects that 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. Recent and upcoming projects include At the Edge of Everything Else, a temporary interdisciplinary social space for artists, architects, and urbanists; the performance-lecture Verdant Cities: A Warning; and the two-day event Dwell in Other Futures: Art / Urbanism / Midwest. He is Artistic Director of the arts initiative New Cities, Future Ruins and half of the event-based 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.