zoo without walls

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Urban Menagerie (or, A Zoo Without Walls) – Robin Amer

A workshop to turn the urban zoo — a classic city tourist attraction — on its head. Inspired by works of speculative urbanism like Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and Alexander Trevi’s (Im)Possible Chicagos, participants created an aural city in which the zoo has no walls, and in which, as Trevi envisions it, “the sonic ambience of jungles and savannas mingle with that of the city.”

Robin Amer is a Chicago-based producer whose work straddles the lines between art and journalism, including urban planning, the built environment, and the complex lives of post-industrial cities.