Mandala: Reimagining Columbus Circle

Mandala: Reimagining Columbus Circle by Karen Finley

Think of Columbus Circle as a mandala – a circular intersection that connects the crossing of transportation, recreation, museum life, information age – all under the mantel of the Columbus monument, a symbol of conquest. The destruction and reuse of native pathways are taken for granted and forgotten with the not-so-subtle view of CNN as a backdrop for America’s news. On Mandala: Reimagining Columbus Circle, Karen Finley will lead participants as we question and consider the circular intersection and all of its complexities, challenges and possibilities. The group will be encouraged to generate their own creative responses that question urban forms today.

This walk holds 12 people and is co-presented with Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP).

Research Assistant: Caitlin Blanchfield

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photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division; Washington, D.C.