A collaboration between Stacey Lindbloom and John Cardone
In the spring of 2014, Stacey Lindbloom and John Cardone led a seminar through the SU Honors Program investigating the formality of cities and urban loopholes by conducting an ambitious survey of the municipal functions of Syracuse, NY. The goal of this survey was to dissect and understand the vital organs of a living city. Over the course of 14 weeks, the class organized essential city functions into integral subgroups. For 12 consecutive weeks, the class met with panels comprised of city officials as well as administrators in the private sector. By meeting with city officials, students were given the opportunity to see Syracuse as more than just a place to go to school and leave; they were given channels of access to the life source of the city as well as to the means of improving it. Likewise, by meeting with students, city officials and local leaders were given the opportunity to share their often unappreciated struggles and informed perspectives. From the resulting conversations, and from their own research, the students eventually produced info-graphics analyzing the unintended connections among the various systems that govern the city of Syracuse.