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Join Us Friday at the Banana Factory!

Posted: April 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized |

Christian has met with many members of the local and Lehigh communities to register their experiences of and feelings toward Bethlehem using his bio and emotional mapping techniques. The project has brought together a diverse range of voices from across the city in an effort to understand both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Now Christian will unveil an early draft of this unconventional mapping project this Friday, April 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Banana Factory. If you’ve submitted a brain sketch, took at bio-mapping walk, talked with Christian about your neighborhood, or even if you’re completely new to the Bethlehem Biopsy – we invite you to come join us! We hope to keep up the terrific enthusiasm for this project even after we bid farewell to Christian, who soon returns to his home in London.  The Banana Factory

The first bio-mapping workshop at Deja Brew.
The first bio-mapping workshop at Deja Brew.

is located at 25 W. 3rd Street in South Bethlehem. We look forward to seeing you Friday!

Gettin’ Around

Posted: April 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized |

Over the last three days, the project has visited the Bethlehem Boxing Club, the Senior Center at the Council for Spanish Speaking Organizations, Liberty High School’s Illick’s Mill Project, the Car Free CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation and the Bethlehem Steel and Sands Casino sites to gather community input.  Data is still being collected at Deja Brew, Hard Bean, Wired and Wildflower!


Posted: April 8th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized |


Participant of the Drawing Provocations and the interview at WDIY with the host Mark Mckenna

Saturday at ArtsLehigh!

Posted: April 7th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized |

Stop by ArtsLehigh this Saturday (April 11) any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to take a peek at what other people have done so far and offer your own contributions artslehighbuildingand perspectives to the project. Meet with Christian, spark discussion, create drawings, describe your environment…Everyone is welcome!

The ArtsLehigh house is at 230 W. Packer Ave. in Bethlehem – just down the block from the corner of W. Packer and Broadhead Avenues.

Adjectives to describe Bethlehem

Posted: April 5th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized |


A Tag Cloud of the words so far. Come and join in and lets get some other words on there 🙂

An Evening of Adjectives

Posted: April 4th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized |

Thanks to all of you who came out to see us at the Hard Bean Cafe last night!

On the way back to Hard Bean after a sensory mapping walk

On the way back to Hard Bean after a sensory mapping walk


We did some sensory mapping with several community members, where they are led along on a walk with a blindfold and headphones. 

We also had some drawings done in response to specific prompts:
     * What are you hungry for?
     * Where do you feel safe in Bethlehem?
     * Where do you go to play in Bethlehem?
     * What will Bethlehem look like with a casino?

My favorite activity of the night was asking people “What adjectives would you use to describe Bethlehem?” The answers were remarkable, and all over the map.

Surly. Historic. Familiar. Comfortable. Sexy

I’m looking forward to seeing the Tag Cloud for this collection of words. Christian will take a look at how many of the same words were repeated by community members, and will create an image to reflect it (like this). Which word do you think will be the most frequently used?

Keep coming back to the website for updates from the Bethlehem Biopsy project, and find out where we’re going to be next!

Have a great weekend,

Sunshine on the South Side

Posted: April 3rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized |

After a day of thunderstorms and pouring down rain, the sun has come out for us here on South Side.

Today is First Friday and we are celebrating by setting up shop at the:

Hard Bean Cafe on 3rd & Webster

(Hard Bean Cafe: New Addition to the Lehigh Valley)

between 6 and 8 p.m.

We invite you to stop by for a latte and take a look at Christian’s work thus far. Take the opportunity to talk with other participants and community members and engage in some other activities related to the project such as drawing, mental mapping and sensory walks.

Hope to see you there!

Strolling the North Side

Posted: April 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized |

Tonight was my first attempt at biomapping. With a GPS in my left hand, and patented gizmo in my right, I set off to re-explore the North Side of Bethlehem. What did I discover? I’m bothered by uneven sidewalks and traffic, and calmed by quiet residential locations. You might think this is a no-brainer, but if you take a look at the picture of my results, you’ll see that I had two very different experiences.


A walk on the North Side of Bethlehem

A walk on the North Side of Bethlehem

Although I was on one continuous walk, I explored two very different sides of Bethlehem. The first half (the large purple spikes) was a brisk stroll on Broad Street, one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city. There was a great deal of traffic and I reacted strongly to the fact that once you leave the business district, the crosswalks disappear! On the back end of my journey (the dark purple lower spikes), I strolled past the Church Street cemetery, kite-flying children and a woman weeding her garden. Some additional peaks at intersections, as well as brief conversations (the poor guy shaking a parking meter) and the sight of graffiti on the cemetery gate.


What an interesting look into my thoughts on this brief section of Bethlehem. Would you believe no one stopped to ask me what I was doing with these two devices in my hands? Not one! I found that I paid more attention to my surroundings than usual, and even found some things I didn’t know existed (Friendship Park?).

Be sure to stop by and see Christian tomorrow night (Friday, April 3) @ the Hard Bean Cafe on 3rd Street in Bethlehem. We’ll be there from 6 to 8 p.m. 🙂


Project Presentation

Posted: April 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized |

Mark your calendars! Join us for the project presentation and help us bid farewell to Christian on Friday, April 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Banana Factory (25 W 3rd St. South Bethlehem).

Bethlehem Biopsy after one workshop

Posted: April 1st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized |

Bethlehem BIopsy

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