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Queer Peripheries

At the scale of our testbed site, six blocks between the rail yard and Sunset Park, here ‘bigness’ of the project territory affords for the promiscuity of new urban routines to play out amongst a network of connected but distinct architectural objects and characters. From these fragments came the prompt to situate where identity is carried out in the neighborhood and/or spaces that act as stressors upon this kind of self-expression. We asked ourselves how can the practice of identity be encouraged or coaxed or enhanced. Queer civic infrastructure acknowledges the diverse protagonists in Sunset Park and proposes that queering the material and urban reality of the neighborhood can provoke new agency for its people.