The Washington Alley Project examines the city’s informal alley network as a site for new modes of urban living. An ongoing research and public space advocacy initiative, it was created in 2017.
The exhibition Alley Hoppin is a showcase of the body of work produced under the Washington Alley Project since its inception.
A trio of freestanding wood-frame horseshoes exhibits the project’s three tenants: Research – mapping the physical evolution of the alleys and establishing an agenda for future development...
...Outreach – public engagement, creation of awareness and the identification of program...
...and Advocacy – connecting with stakeholders and the development of design proposals for new built interventions. . The Advocacy board delves into the community engagement process for an intervention at Prather’s Alley.
Like alleys themselves, the exhibition is both accessible and mutable. If arranged in a rectangular space, it is approximately 40’ by 20’ – but can be easily disassembled and stored in an area 7’ by 10’.
Yellow cut outs of people host viewfinders (low-res virtual reality goggles!) with image reels depicting alley conditions past, present, and future.