Adriana Valdez Young

Adriana is a community cartographer, under-utilized space modifier, and urban lifestyle researcher. She teaches a course about the suburbanization of NYC at the Parsons School of Design and is the Research Director for CAPITAL B. Her projects explore extreme modes of domesticity and the relationship between shopping, the war on terror and freedom. Currently, she is investigating new shopping mall construction in Baghdad and exploring guerilla gardening projects for fenced-off grassy areas around public housing towers in NYC. She holds a B.A. in Latin American History and Slavic Studies from Brown University and an M.A. in International Relations from The New School.


September 10, 2009

Better English. Better Chinese. 

"Language Tips" published in The Chinese Daily: an English language newspaper.

Beijing, August 2009


Better Chinese

"Hurry Up."                           

Better English  

"Driverless Vehicle." 



August 25, 2009

Christina Kral is an instant community developer, experience engineer, experimental storyteller, grassroots documentatrice and a constant scholar. Christina was an Eyebeam resident with a particular focus on youth participation models. She has designed a series of story-telling experiments which cross the boundaries of truth, fiction and abstraction. She gave workshops at universities and rural communities around the U.S. and Mexico.

August 13, 2009

This is the second round of my conversations with Google. For the first set, see here.

#2 _Talk to 466-453

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August 7, 2009

A postcard by Adriana Valdez Young and Shriya Malhotra


July 27, 2009

Maps are not innocent. Colonial powers mapped territories to divvy up and enslave parts of the planet. We are still recovering from these violent projects. Mapmakers can possess super-human powers. They can use this power for harm or for good. A city is never in one place. Public and private flows of capital shape our borders. Some city maps direct flows of visitors to eat, shop and be entertained. The icons on these maps are shoes, lamps, martini glasses, rings and gifts. But what are the icons for alivable neighborhood?

July 17, 2009

4 or 5 ways to feel less virtual.

June 30, 2009

An itinerary in urban planning tourism Some buildings prefer to be left alone. Malls, gated communities, and corporate compounds are self-isolating spatial creatures facilitating selective memory loss and escape. As they choreograph their physical and psychological exit strategies from the urban fabric, they invite some of us to retreat into their enclosed environs to forget and to indulge. I accepted their invitations.