The Architecture of Social Space: Creating spaces of critique within the places we live

Matthew Mazzotta’s work is at the intersection of art and activism, architecture, design and urban planning as well as ethnography, community building and local government. It focuses on the power of the built environment to shape our relationships and experiences. His community-specific public projects integrate new forms of civic participation and social engagement into the spaces we travel through and spend our time living within to become distinct sites for intimate, radical, and meaningful exchanges.

Matthew launches his projects with temporary public spaces for listening or Outdoor Living Rooms as a way capture voices from local residents. Stemming from this approach are participatory places that involve people from a range of backgrounds coming together to create new models of living that contribute to local culture beyond the economic realm. These efforts have resulted in over a dozen community-specific public art and projects in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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