Fluid Fields

The Mill Creek Neighborhood is shaped by the forces of water. The area changes, often in dramatic ways, to accommodate its underground creek. The creek is thought of as not just lying underground but as a collection of omnipresent forces. Open spaces are fluid fields created by the creek. They have the potential to be occupied and transformed both materially and socially. How these fields are occupied is now based on a negotiation between the flow of the creek and the neighborhood residents.

These fields can be understood as being created and maintained by the ways in which users engage them. Constantly in flux, they are molded (negotiated) by numerous schedules, situations, and events. They are temporarily occupied and transformed by the players (actors, participants). We set the stage, in the hopes of creating spaces open to participatory programming.