Safari 7

Safari 7 is a self-guided tour of urban animal life along the 7 line. Traveling from Manhattan's dense core, under the East River and into Queens, the nation's most ethnically diverse county, we hope you can use Safari 7's resources to better understand the complexity, biodiversity, conflicts, and potentials of our urban ecosystems.

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Want to collaborate? Have questions or stories about animal life in NYC? Email us at: info@safari7.org

Team

The Safari 7 team is a collaboration among architects, designers, educators, and students.

The Urban Landscape Lab at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation is an inter-disciplinary applied research group dedicated to affecting social equity and positive change in urban ecosystems. Janette Kim and Kate Orff, Directors.

MTWTF is a graphic design studio specializing in publications, environmental graphic, and identity systems. Glen Cummings, Partner

Safari 7 Research & Design Associates: Yuval Borochov, Jordan Carver, Susan Choe, Aliza Dzik, Lisa Ekle, Robin Fitzgerald-Green, Steven Garcia, Kathryn Hotler, Sayli Korgaonkar, Jenny Noguchi, Soohyun Park, Jonathan Pettibone, Evan Sharp, Gena Wirth.

Barnard and Columbia Colleges Architecture Program students in a seminar on urban ecology created the Safari 7 May 2009 podcasts. Students include Alex Cook, Emily Glass, Aaron Hsieh, Ryan Johns, Meg Kelly, Sayli Korgaonkar, Lesley Merz, Stephanie Odenheimer, Grace Robinson-Leo, Evelyn Ting, Alexandre Vial and Alison Von Glinow.

Thank You

Karen Fairbanks, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Professional Practice and Chair, Architecture at the Barnard and Columbia Colleges Architecture Program
Gavin Browning, Programming Coordinator at Studio X.

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April 10, 2010

Safari 7 Base Camp opens April 19 at Grand Central Terminal

EXHIBITION DATES: Mon Apr 19 – Sat Apr 24, 2010.
HOURS: 10am-7pm (Mon Apr 19 – Fri Apr 23) and 10am-5pm (Sat Apr 24).
PRESS EVENT: 11am Mon Apr 19, with the exhibition curators
LOCATION: Vanderbilt Hall Grand Central Terminal

MTA Arts for Transit presents Safari 7 Base Camp, an interactive exhibit about urban wildlife (Oysters! Fish! Squirrels! Chickens!) found along the 7 subway line. Safari 7 offers podcasts and maps that explore New York’s ecosystems, and their complexity, biodiversity, conflicts and potentials. Self-guided tours are available online. Through Safari 7 tours, subway cars serve as eco-urban classrooms and travelers become park rangers in their own city. During EarthWeek at Grand Central Terminal, visit the Safari 7 Base Camp in Vanderbilt Hall where you’ll be able to listen to podcasts that provide a narrated guide to the ecosystems found along the 7 line and view drawings that describe wildlife along the 7 line.

This exhibit is in conjunction with EarthFair organized by Earth Day New York.

April 10, 2010

Wanted: Volunteers for Safari 7 Base Camp

We’re looking for volunteers to act as park rangers at the Safari 7 Base Camp exhibit at Grand Central Terminal from April 19-24, 2010.  Sign up for one or more 4-hour time slots, and help us introduce visitors to the project.  If you are interested please contact us!

April 10, 2010

MTA Arts for Transit celebrates Earth Day with Safari 7

Look for Safari 7 throughout the city this April!

March 24, 2010

Urban Wilderness Action Center at Eyebeam

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Safari 7 participated in the Wilderness Action Center’s multi-city event at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. Mike Robitz set up three Safari 7 map tables (i.e. listening stations) and invited participants to embark on their own tour of the 7 line.

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November 22, 2009

Educator’s Roundtable

The Urban Landscape Lab and MTWTF hosted an Educator’s Roundtable at the Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio-X to discuss urban ecology education at the K-12 levels, and to explore how Safari 7 can contribute to educators’ programming and curriculum.

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Participants:
Heather Cardinale, New York City Dept. of Education
Rachel Crumpler, Queens Museum of Art
Glen Cummings, Safari 7
Nathaniel Curtis, iLAND Art
Amanda Dargan, City Lore
Edward Eckert, Growing Up Green Charter School
Christopher Kennedy, Strataspore and Solar One
Janette Kim, Safari 7
Helen Kongsgaard, Safari 7
Jonathan Payne, Safari 7
Miriam Walls, New York City Dept. of Education

November 9, 2009

Get your Safari 7 T-Shirt!

There are still a limited number of Safari 7 T-Shirts available! Get yours at the Safari 7 Reading room, while supplies last.

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November 3, 2009

The Safari 7 Reading Room Open House is on Sat Nov 7

DATE: 12pm-6pm Saturday Nov 7
LOCATION: Studio-X 180 Varick Street, Ste 1610 New York, NY 10014 – 1 Train to Houston Street

Join the curators of Safari 7 in this day-long open house of “Safari 7 Reading Room,” an exhibition including a series of 3D maps, audio listening stations, curated reading materials, and a series of large-scale drawings of animal habitats, behaviors and life cycles in relationship to urban culture and history at selected sites along the 7 line.

October 22, 2009

The Reading Room in the News

Holland Herald, the KLM In-flight Magazine(Jan 2010)
Columbia Political Review(Dec 2009)
GOOD (Dec 21 2009)
am New York (Dec 17 2009)
The Daily News (Nov 10 2009)
The Brooklyn Rail (Nov 2009)
The Architect’s Newspaper (Oct 28 2009)
WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show (Oct 21 2009)Columbia Global Centers (Oct 19 2009)
BLDGBLOG (Oct 16 2009)

October 22, 2009

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show

October 16, 2009

Princeton American Studies Undergrads visit the Reading Room

October 15, 2009

Opening Party

photo: Ho Kyung Lee
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photo: Ho Kyung Lee

Photos by Ho Kyung Lee

October 10, 2009

Installing the Reading Room

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October 3, 2009

Safari 7 Reading Room Opens Oct 15

OPENING: THU 7-9PM OCTOBER 15
PRESS PREVIEW: 6-7PM with exhibition curators
LOCATION: Studio-X 180 Varick Street, Ste 1610 New York, NY 10014 – 1 Train to Houston Street
PRESS RELEASE: link
EXHIBITION DATES: October 15-December 31, 2009

Oysters, dogs, humans, worms, snakefish, cormorants and germs are some of the species that populate the length of the MTA 7 train. The “Safari 7 Reading Room” is an exhibition that presents a series of 3D maps, audio listening stations, curated reading materials, and a series of large-scale drawings of animal habitats, behaviors and life cycles in relationship to urban culture and history at selected sites along the 7 line. www.urbanlandscapelab.org/work/safari-7-reading-room.

This exhibition is opening in conjunction with the conference ECOGRAM II: Architecture for a Crowded Planet at Columbia University (GSAPP), at Studio-X, a downtown studio for design and research run by GSAPP. It is generously supported by the the Dean’s Office at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University. Fabrication support from the Avery Digital Fabrication Lab at Columbia University. Additional funding from CeX Complete Entertainment Exchange and Ito En.

October 3, 2009

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June 25, 2009

Stay Tuned for More!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Queens Arts Express Safari 7 special event. Please stay tuned for upcoming tour and workshop information, coming soon!

June 11, 2009

Our next tour is this Sunday!

The next Safari 7 tour will take place on Sunday, June 14 as a part of Queens Art Express, a multi-day multi-venue art extravaganza that will take place on three weekends in Spring 2009 (between May 30 – June 14). To participate, follow these two simple steps:

  1. Download the Safari 7 podcasts and load them on your mp3 players.
  2. Meet at the front of the 7 platform at Times Square at 1:00pm. We will ride the subway from Times Square to Flushing.
               -OR-
    Meet at the front of the 7 platform at Flushing Main Street at 2:00pm. We will ride the subway from Flushing to Times Square.

Please join us!

June 11, 2009

News:

Safari 7 is featured in Idealist in NYC!

May 29, 2009

Queens Art Express – S7 Special Edition Map!

This map shows the international express running through a landscape of hills, dried up lakes, historic wetlands, landfill, and some of Queens’ galleries, theaters, and other cultural magnets. Pick up a copy at one of the Queens Art Express venues, or on our June 14th tour.

Queens Art Express Special Edition Map

Map of the No. 7 line

Know of any curiosities or points of interest that should be on the map? Let us know!

May 29, 2009

S7 is in the News

Safari 7 has been featured in:

May 25, 2009

Join us Sunday, June 14!

The next Safari 7 tour will take place on Sunday, June 14 as a part of Queens Art Express, a multi-day multi-venue art extravaganza that will take place on three weekends in Spring 2009 (between May 30 – June 14). To participate, follow these two simple steps:

  1. Download the Safari 7 podcasts and load them on your mp3 players.
  2. Meet at the front of the 7 line platform at Times Square at 1:00pm. We will ride the subway from Times Square to Flushing.
               -OR-
    Meet at the front of the 7 line platform at Flushing Main Street at 2:00pm. We will ride the subway from Flushing to Times Square.

Please join us!

May 14, 2009

Join us for the S7 beta launch on May 16!

Our first Safari 7 tour will take place on Saturday, May 16th. To participate, follow these two simple steps:

  1. Download the Safari 7 podcasts and load them on your mp3 players.
  2. Meet at the front of the 7 line platform at Times Square on Saturday, May 16th at 11:00am.

We are launching a beta version of the tour, with podcasts developed by Barnard + Columbia Architecture students.

We will ride the subway from Times Square to Flushing followed by snacks at the Flushing Mall.

Podcasts look at urban design and planning, landscape architecture, and architecture in relationship to ecological issues, including species survival within the city’s infrastructures, trans-species cooperation and competition, animal psychology, and much more! Please join us.

Please join us!

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