The Urban Works Agency

The Urban Works Agency is both organization and action, and this is the intellectual terrain that we are setting forth to explore in this first issue of our official mouthpiece, The Agent. In upcoming issues we will continue to both interrogate what urban agency is, as well as explore the various models of practice, intellectual frameworks, and formal organizations that can help us stake out this new territory. Each issue will be thematized according to one or more of these or future topics, and will feature interviews, excerpts of articles, new writing, and featured projects and representations by our Urban Agents. We are optimistic about the future without being utopian. We are concerned with the material production of urban space without succumbing to solely the efficiency of economics and engineering. We are confident in spatial practice’s role in larger questions of urbanism without enforcing disciplinary silos. We are calling for Action through Design.