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For the first time in my life and career, I have works for sale and today I encourage you to buy art and support works, my “body of play” that promote and create connection, celebrate life, subvert and transform societal and environmental issues that need transforming and which are outrageous acts of boundless unity.

And this is how I’m making a living because this is my full-time “activism” and contribution to society. In appreciation of your support through purchases, connections and positive energy towards fulfilling the flow of currency that sustains, let’s keep these works, these “plays” going!! And let’s get them far! They’re off hatching, sprouting, transforming negative into beautiful! obstacles into opportunities! disruption into inspirational!



Flag of US – 48″ X 96″ painted wood and oil pastels

Letters from Iran – 56″ X 96″ on dibond



NY A/V Concept Drawing – 10.5″ x 27″ on archival matte paper


Impromptu Drawing of US: We Are *Almost All Immigrants Concept Drawing – 11″ X 17″ on archival matte paper


PROXY_Florence Concept Drawing – 10.5″ x 27″ on archival matte paper


Contact me through this LINK for inquiries

I Am a Seed

Some of you asked! And yes!!!!! a group is forming! There’s one more chance for us to gather for Living Section Retrospective of My Fertility!

Join us on November 29th from
2-4 at the Weizenblatt Gallery! *

My first solo show and launch of my next project!

Thank you to all who were there for the opening. It meant so much to have you there! Didn’t want to leave you out of this new invitation. There’s also a few new things on the Seed Wall!

Emerging on the other shore after being grabbed by an angry sea!

💛 Love!


* p.s. If that group time doesn’t work, there are two small groups forming for December 13 at 11:30-1:30 and at 2:30-4:30. Otherwise, Gallery hours are: M-F 10-4 Please avoid lunchtime – between 12:30-1:30. Mars Hill University is 15 minutes drive from north Asheville. The exhibit end on December 15.

The Weizenblatt Gallery is in the Moore Fine Arts Building in Mars Hill University. 79 Cascade Street, Mars Hill. North Carolina

For more on Living Section Retrospective of My Fertility
visit WNC Woman’s November 2017 issue and the publication of my artist statement

visit the Mountain Xpress article by Thomas Calder – Interacting with art – Martha Skinner explores different ways to create

For more on I Am a Seed
visit TEDxGreenville’s portfolio about Martha

or go directly to my TEDx talk at:
in youtube – The Exponential Power of Design

For more about the angry sea!
…. .. … .. also watch the YouTube Tedx video above

For an introduction to my new project
visit BeAutism in my website

Bonus: Video of exhibition at this link


More thanks!

I want to thank Elizabeth Lang, Jeff Kinzel, Severn Somerville Eaton, Cannon Crawford-Wilson, Thomas Calder and Mountain Xpress, Sandi Tomlin-Sutker and WNC Woman, Jesse Gumucio-Kitt and Jesse Kitt Photography for your support getting this body of “play” up and running and for helping me get the word out.

… as well as Randy Shull, Julie Becton Gillum, Alice Sebrell and and Black Mountain College Museum, Rebecca MacNeice, Kimathi Moore, Scott Doc Varn and Harmony interiors, Stephen Nerlick, Chad Adair, Charles Skinner for sharing equipment! Thanks Diana Brewster for your continuous help with my website and such expertise!

Thank you to the huge list of collaborators, participants, students, ambassadors… on all of these projects over time!

Thank you to Kenn Kotara for the invitation to do this and Mars Hill University for hosting me! Thank you to the students who helped out. And in particular thanks to Shannon McBride!

Special thanks to Jon Griffith who accompanied me, helped me and supported me until the last minute of the crunch and put up with my huge mess to pull this together.

Special thanks to my grandmother Carmelina (in beautiful memory), mother Marina Skinner and my daughter who doesn’t want to be mentioned but has been such integral part of this process! thanks to these three women for their daily inspiration in this process of life and in this sliver of time that we celebrate!!

Photos by Jesse Kitt during the November 1st opening of the retrospective


Projects in Living Section Retrospective of My Fertility:


NY A/V 2001 – 2005                                                   – photo 14

BiCi_N 2008                                                                 – photos 3, 8, 12

PROXY_Florence 2009                                              – photo 12

Drawing in Between the Line 2007                          – photo 3, 8

Dia de Los Trastos 2008                                             – photo 3, 8

Motion Mapping 2005, 2006, 2011                          – photos 4, 5, 6, 7

Side Walk 1995

from the Inhabitable Drawing Series


10×10, A Table 2011

Flag of US 2017                                                             – photos 9, 10

from the Faces on Top of Faces Series


Dispersed Memorial 2001                                          – photos 6, 11

Memory Cards – Impromptu 2011                           – photo 13

Letters From Iran 2009                                              – photos 2, 4, 7

Se[ct]ism Cut 2014

CiTy-SCAN 2008                                                          – photos 3, 8, 12

from the Living Section Series


The Power of 10^10 2010

I Am a SEED 2015

from the Exponential Power of Design Series


Animal Crossing Characters as Humans and Orchids on a Tree 2017

Still Life 1995

Side Walk 1995

BeAutism 2017

from the Seed Series



Living Section Retrospective of My Fertility


Currently I am digging the fragments of my full-scale inhabitable drawings in preparation for a reconfiguration of these documents and their insertion into the Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University, a solo show of a career which spans the age of my daughter who recently turned 19. This is how a mother keeps time.

It all began with “Eggs Without a Yolk”, an overexposed super8 film about infertility. I was in fact pregnant but the doctors thought otherwise. Three months into it with dizzy spells and other symptoms that sent me to a gastroenterologist and other specialists, it was revealed that yes, I was indeed carrying a child – to their surprise and the happiest day of my life.

The pregnancy coincided with another huge desire of mine. As my child was forming, I was in the intensive interview process for a teaching fellowship at the University of Michigan, one of three awarded yearly in the school of architecture, an opportunity that would launch my teaching career. Fast-forward several months: I got it – I got the job and I got the baby! My life as a visionary guiding young people to develop visions of their own and represent them in ways that touched and engaged others emerged and began parallel and intertwined with postpartum, a move, and my life nursing and nurturing a brand new being.

The exhibit that I’m preparing contains the projects that I developed during those 19 years: drawings in two, three and four dimensions, slivers of life, CiTy-Scans and cross sections across time, through culture and the physical spaces that contain life. My work is as much a reinterpretation of drawing in which architectural conventions are rethought as much as it is an examination of humanity.

Installations and participatory documents come to life through collective participation. My work, which I prefer to refer to as “play”, is created through connection and exchange. As spaces, performances, experiments and community projects, in playful ways they address, highlight, subvert, societal and environmental issues that need transforming. The process by which they emerge is a celebration of life.

The assemblage of this body of “play” ironically coincides with the onset of a new set of symptoms, dizzy again and other such things that are not fully understood in regards to the completion of a woman’s fertile cycle. This retrospective of my fertility follows a divorce and the letting go of the 19-year career – something that I lost in the process of nurturing my daughter as a teenager when she needed me so much. A cycle ends and this is not a somber thing as society makes it out to be. It is yet another beautiful transition and birthing. I invite you to this celebration and to the launch of my new project!

Place: Weizenblatt Gallery, Mars Hill University School of Art, 79 Cascade Street, Mars Hill, NC 28754

Date: November 1 – December 15, Opening Reception on November 1st 6-8 pm. Gallery hours: M-F 10-4, closed for lunch 12:30-1:30

Meet the artist: November 29th, 2-4 pm

view photos of the exhibit

dispersed memorial

Photo by Dustin White


Martha Skinner’s work has been surveyed in books such as Installations by Architects and Architects Draw and exhibited internationally. Honors for Martha include exhibition of her work in the 10th Venice Biennale and at the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, five awards from I.D. Magazine, a Next Generation Award from Metropolis Magazine, second prize award from The Van Alen Institute and receipt of a People, Prosperity and the Planet Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her work has been recognized in publications such as Discover Magazine, ID Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, Architectural Record, A+U, Transmaterial, and WordChanging. She received the Walter B. Sanders Fellowship from the University of Michigan, The Abraham E. Kazan Fund Prize from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and was selected by the Prime-Time Juried Exhibition for the launch of the New Media Gallery at the Asheville Art Museum. Most recently she was selected to present her ideas in a TEDx talk, titled the Exponential Power of Design. She is founder of a creative collective with that name and co-founder of fieldoffice. Martha taught for 19 years at Clemson University and at The University of Michigan and collaborated with other universities. Martha is a U.S. Citizen, born in Colombia and living in Asheville, N.C. She has lived in Colombia, France, Italy, The Czech Republic, and Spain. Her work can be found at

motion mapping

Photo by Beth Headly


Inhabitable Drawings series:

NY A/V 2001 – 2005

HK A/V 2006

BiCi_N 2008

PROXY_Florence 2009

Drawing in Between the Line 2007

Dia de Los Trastos 2008

Motion Mapping 2005

Side Walk 1995


Faces on Top of Faces series:

Musical Table 1995

10×10, A Table 2011

Impromptu Drawing of US : We Are Almost All Immigrants 2017

Flag of US 2017

Map of My Face 1993


Living Section series:

Dispersed Memorial 2001

Memory Cards – Impromptu 2011

Tierra Querida Eres Una Ilustración de Dr. Zeus 2016

Letters From Iran 2009

Se[ct]ism Cut 2014

CiTy-SCAN 2008


The Exponential Power of Design series:

The Power of 10^10 2010

I Am a SEED 2015


SEEDS series:

Eggs Without a Yolk 1998

Animal Crossing Characters as Humans and Orchids on a Tree 2017

Out of The Box and Moving On a Line 2011

Still Life 1995


And launching:

BeAutism – the idea emerged in 2015 and is coming to life in 2018!!

A gift came to me through this lifetime experience of 19 years, through my daughter and through my body of “play”. BeAutism is a movement, an art project, a constellation of connections, a web, a matrix, a map, a database, in BeAutism, the idea of “disorder”, in this case that of autism, will be subverted to present the reality of what is just a different and beautiful type of mind. BeAutism is a different kind of documentary: a visual and auditory investigation into an invaluable segment of our world’s population. As an art project and a living map, this undertaking will illuminate the power of autistic minds—great minds—while creating a network of connections and possibilities for these intricate, sensitive, focused, perceptive individuals, who are often overwhelmed by our current societal constructs and thus are so often misunderstood.

Photo by Jesse Kitt of me next to my daughter’s painting. For my projects visit my site


“We’ve never had anything like what Martha is preparing and we’ll never have it again”. – Kenn Kotara, Gallery Director


Contact: Martha Skinner (864) 650-8570

Flag of US tutorial

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Are you interested in making a Flag of US in your community? Here’s a tutorial for you. Please hatch tag the project #FlagOfUS. Get in touch too and let us know about the project, share photos and stories. It’s simple to get together, create together, share and connect.

More information on Flag Of US

Flag of US and Drawing for Action


June 8, 2017 – Let’s transform our American flag into a Flag of US. Join us for a participatory drawing and improvisational music event of sharing in which we break down imaginary boundaries that divide us while we create together playfully. Everyone is welcome! The performance is created in real time by the participants: those feeling marginalized and those in solidarity with the marginalized. We will meet around a large table that has been painted to represent the American flag. After eating and mingling on this flag/table, we will draw each other’s faces—and faces on top of faces—to the stop-and-go rhythm of the emerging music we create together. Flag of US is based on the game of Musical Chairs—but in this activity, no one is ever left out.

Join us also for Drawing for Action. Dream up your solutions to issues of concern while exploring your own voice in a supportive space of community, exploration and healing.

The events will take place at THE BLOCK Off Biltmore, Downtown Asheville, 39 S. Market Street (corner of Eagle and Market) on Sunday, July 2nd as part of our national day weekend celebration.


Drawing for Action:             12:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $29 per person, brunch food and beverages will be available for purchase. Supplies will be provided. Reserve your spot at “pay now” button below.

Flag of US:                     5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $1-$10 sliding scale cover charge. Alcoholic beverages and refreshments will be available for purchase. Participants are invited to bring a dish and musical instruments to share. Drawing supplies will be provided. The completed Flag of US will be on display at THE BLOCK OFF Biltmore.

Reserve your spot for Drawing for Action at pay button below as there is limited space. Flag of US tickets may be purchased at the door.

No experience with drawing or playing an instrument is required in order to participate in either of these two activities. We will do this together. We will help each other out. We are going to have fun! Three languages that we all understand—food, drawing, and music—will guide us through the process and bring us together. Come spend our national holiday in community and creativity. Families, friends and those who want to make new friends are invited. All are invited and welcome!

Watch our recent Flag of US emerging in this 37 sec. video

Watch an earlier version of this activity at Our Voices, Our Stories in 2012

Drawing for Action samples of works and more information



 The Impromptu Drawing is the inspiration of Asheville-based artist Martha Skinner, who says:

The idea for these two activities and events came to me as a way to counter the hateful rhetoric going on in our nation today. The marginalization of people is of course not a new phenomenon, yet now more than ever we need to offset all that’s harming us with positivity, creativity and transformation. The Flag of US project is not new, either. It has been in development and practiced since my early years teaching art and architecture, more than two decades ago. It has served as an icebreaker with my students; on the first day of class, it helps everyone to feel comfortable with each other, and to lose any inhibitions about drawing. In this activity, everyone draws together, on top of each other’s drawings. As a collective drawing begins to emerge, there is no sense of ownership of the drawing, and therefore no judgments of “right” or “wrong,” as the drawing is everyone’s. The same open, creative process goes for the music and for the individual morning of Drawing for Action. The intent behind these events is to share and to break down walls. We just recently completed our first Flag of US (originally called Impromptu Drawing of US: We *Are Almost All Immigrants) in March at the art studio of Connie Bostic. The Drawing for Action project emerged over hearing teenagers express their feelings about our current political situation just shortly after Election Day. Our first session, for young adults, happened shortly after that. Since others expressed the need to be a part of this, now it’s open to every age group with the idea that families will join in together.

musical table

Martha Skinner is an American citizen who was born in Colombia S.A. Her parents immigrated to the U.S. when Martha was just 13—a challenging time for such a transition started in high school in Miami, where racial and cultural divisions led to tensions were among Cubans, African Americans, Caucasians, and recent immigrants, mostly from Central America. For many years she lived in many places and understands that the beauty of life comes from the array of cultures and experiences that we share. Martha is an artist, designer, educator, and mother. Her work, which stems from her involvement in all these fields, takes the form of participatory installations and products that investigate and attempt to restore balance to some of the environmental and humanitarian issues of our society.

THE BLOCK off Biltmore is our local space in downtown Asheville for “Building community and inclusive friendship between diverse movements, where social justice issues are discussed, actions formulated, and deep, healing happens”.

GAME-ON! Let’s play!

musical table

Last week prior to Thanksgiving I was drawn to a call for entries called Game On. My motivation to dig out old projects for this helped me realize an aspect of my “work” that I don’t normally emphasize. While I’ve always been aware of the playful collaborations  that I initiate, and I like to talk about play and exploration as opposed to “work”, it is not usual for me to refer to my projects as games. I was amazed at how many of my games I wanted to submit. And in the context of that particular week, it was refreshing to assemble these.

Though I wanted to submit more, I submitted three: Dia de Los Trastos, 10×10, A Table, and Small Environments. It was a great reminder that those playful collaborations have always been about the opposite of what we’re hearing about so much these days. They are about inclusiveness and in playful ways, break down imposed boundaries of all sorts that separate. They reminds us in subtle innate ways about our inherent connection while also nurturing respect and love for our environment. 

dia de los trastos

dia de los trastosDia de Los Trastos

musical table10X10, A Table


Thankful for all who have played and I’m inspired for bigger collaborations, bigger games still yet to play. 

In the spirit of exchange and connection and with the byproduct of drowning out rhetoric that separates, I look forward to huge collaborations.

Drawing Class for teens

The Class

If your young adult loves to draw or is interested in exploring this medium, share this with them and bring them to my two hour afternoon sessions on Thursdays 4:30-6:30. Our new session starts on November 17 and runs through December 15 for 5 weeks of fun and collaboration. The class is also good for those who see the beauty of our visual world or are curious in developing that capacity.

About you

I listen and flow with the interest of each individual, crafting a collaborative environment that is inspiring. In it, each student is guided by their strengths and passions to bring out each unique visual voice while developing new skills and confidence. Class size limit – 5 of you!


About me

I am a professor, an artist/designer and a mother of a teen and an artist. I have taught at the university level in the area of visualization for 18 years in places like Prague, Hong Kong, South Carolina, and Michigan. I have worked in this realm with teens in Florida, New York, Barcelona, and North Carolina. I studied in Florida, New York, Paris and Barcelona and in so many other crevices in the trajectory of my daily life. More about me. Excited to form a new group and share in creativity and curiosity. Let’s have fun!  – Martha

How we play
Here is a sample of how I often start my group classes :
Musical Table – a version of the Musical Chair, where no one is left behind. People of all ages drew together in this one.
About Musical Table in the Mountain Express by Ursula Gullow

Here is a local project by teens created and led by me :
What is Asheville? – The City of Asheville as a Living Board Game


Sample drawings by my young students

$280. $140 will secure your place in the class; $140 due at the start of class. For more information or to enroll, please call me at (864) 650-8570
14 year old student Cannon developing her style

Sample drawings by my young students

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15 year old Devi’s first day at class


14 year old Cannon developing her style

14711177_10153949568448663_4820259715671250539_oA collective very large drawing by many students. Faces on top of faces.


14 year student developing her style


Nude drawings from The Saturday program at the Copper Union. High school students lead by me and other Cooper Union students.

14962595_10154018128573663_5892864481135369334_nGetting inspired by the drawings of other artists, architects and designers


SEED_Haiti is an environmental and humanitarian solution for providing relief housing with the adaptive reuse of surplus ISO shipping containers which in time turn into permanent homes. This solution uses the many shipping containers that are already in Haiti and the large number of shipping containers that are being sent to Haiti with relief supplies. In the coming months, there will be thousands of containers arriving to Haiti. SEED_Haiti is working on a strong incentive package to get this surplus of containers donated from the shipping industry for homes in Haiti rather than storing them or transporting them empty.

Key elements of the SEED_Haiti Design

Haiti’s hurricane season is approaching. The estimated 500,000+ of homeless need to be housed in stables structures quickly. The containers with their unibody construction of Cor-Ten steel, are not only hurricane and earthquake proof, they are also fire, mold, and vandalism proof. The design is able to seal back up in the case of another natural disaster protecting a family’s valuable possessions so that when they return home they are not starting from scratch again.

The SEED design transforms a 40’ shipping container into a home for 6-10 people with a minimum amount of effort. The container is cut with readily available equipment and utilizes low impact foundation technology to lift the home off the ground for ventilation and protect from flood. It is also covered with a secondary roof to keep the home cool. It is a low cost emergency solution. Incentives should be given to shipping companies to donate their surplus containers in Port-au-Prince and arriving containers with relief supplies.

The SEED home is equipped with 2 low cost pallet sized “pods” (water pod and energy pod) that meet the basic needs of access to drinking water, human sanitation and food preparation.

These elements are a micro infrastructure that provides self sufficiency a key element for place that has lost all infrastructure.

Possible questions of the SEED_Haiti Design

Is housing people in shipping containers appropriate?

Not only does it effectively protect the people that would otherwise be homeless or in tents, it protects them better than before. The container’s unibody structure is stronger than the homes which collapsed during the earthquake. As a dwelling type, container housing is already common as part of many countries vernacular and is being more commonly used in construction including luxury housing.

How do you transport such heavy structures?

The shipping container is the backbone of the global trade. Virtually every country in the world, including Haiti, has equipment for handling shipping containers. Transporting them from the port to a building site will be the same challenge for any emergency housing. In fact, other building materials and equipment will be delivered to Haiti in shipping containers.

Isn’t such a material (steel) in the Caribbean a bad choice in terms of heat gain?

The material will not overturn or collapse, but it will also not mold or burn. A canopy that is part of the design, provides not only shade and an additional space on the roof of the structure, but also a tunnel draft of air which insulates the roof. The emergency garden proposed for the roof also serves as insulation. The container’s simple cuts in the horizontal planes, provide natural cross ventilation.

For more information, visit

Proxy Florence

PROXY Florence was exhibited at the Beyond Media 2009 Festival, Visions in Florence, Italy from July 9th to 17th.

PROXY Florence is a dynamic map and a collective story of Florence created through the interplay of virtual space and physical space and the interaction of 500 collaborators from 27 countries.

The project used facebook to connect and collaborate. It used Google Panoramio’s interface to collect and organize the individual images of Florence captured, envisioned, or remembered by each of the 500 contributors from across the globe. PROXY Florence used Variable Data Printing to convert the individual images collected into 500 unique, tangible postcards that were organized spatially by their coordinate data.

These images were mapped according to the image’s remembered or imagined location. These numerous images were returned to their origin in Florence, Italy and specifically, as a scale down version of this city, at Stazione Leopolda, the space of the exhibition. The focus of PROXY 1.0 was [43°46’22”N – 11°15’27”E] from July 9 – 17.

The visitors of this event were invited to dismantle the exhibit by removing the postcard of their choice. By taking a postcard, mailing to a friend, the cycle is continued.

PROXY Florence is mapping the route of the image and connecting the recipient of the postcard with the origin of the photo and its taker.

If you took a postcard in Florence, go to to register your postcard.

Thanks for participating! Thanks also to our sponsors and to everyone who worked on this project!!!


Clemson Advancement Foundation, Clemson University
McMahan Fund for Excellence, Clemson University
College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Clemson University
Modern Postcard
Each of our 500 collaborators who gave a dollar with each image submitted

Check out the videos and photos posted here and at the project’s website


Imagine a living map of a city that is created and recreated as the city regenerates minute by minute, a map that is drawn and redrawn by the daily activities of its inhabitants. Our proposal is to equip numerous bicycles in Barcelona’s new public transportation system Bicing with A/V (Audio/Video) and GPS (Global Positioning System) devices in order to collect the everyday qualitative and quantitative aspects of the city via the routine of its inhabitants. From these numerous individual fragments of the city, a collective story is assembled as users go about their lives to “compose a manifold story that has neither author nor spectator, shaped out of fragments of trajectories and alterations of spaces: in relation to representations, it remains daily and indefinitely other.” 1 Layer upon layer of stories build into a map constructed not by the authorities but by the everyday users of the system, from the ground up. The bicycle as an extension of the human body into the city becomes a full-scale mapping instrument, which captures both the sensual/experiential and the scientific/abstract notation of the human body into the city body and viceversa.

As the city occupant cycles through Barcelona, Borges conceit of a map at full scale in A Universal History of Infamy is realized not in dimension but in precision. 2 Cycling as the city cycles, the inhabitants write and read their stories on the streets, alleys, parks and sidewalks of their terrain vividly and precisely as they go about their daily routines. Described and narrated through the imagery of the scenery and conversations recorded on the A/V device and grounded with the details of the data inscribed by GPS, the city is revealed as “pictorial and sensual, intellectual and mathematical” 3 via daily routines and interactions. The hybrid A/V/GPS device will be housed within the bicycle’s light enclosure on the handlebar and powered by the pedaling of the cyclist. The device will stream a live feed of data that would be archived into a searchable database in which the collected time code (A/V) and (GPS) information are synchronized, blending the realism and sensuality of experience with the detailed discovery of the physiology of the cyclist as related to the geography and place it occupies. The data will exist online as a “living map” of anonymous yet detailed data of the life of a city and as an open source document for scientists and artists to analyze and interpret. What do calories burned, and body mass mean as related to length, speed, imagery and sound? What do latitude, longitude and topography mean as related to heart rate and mood? What do we understand by density of movement, interactions, delays, detours as experiences accumulated on a place? What is revealed about the sensual and the abstract and about the intimate relationship between the city and its occupants? And how do we benefit from visualizing this intricate ecology? *

1 de Certeau, Michel. Walking in the City. In The Practice of Everyday Life

2 Borges, Jorge Luis. A Universal History of Infamy

3 Nuti, Lucia. Mapping Places: Chorography and Vision in the Renaissance

*A two-week study has already been conducted during 2008 in which five Barcelona residents volunteered to equip their respective Bicing bikes on each ride with A/V/GPS. From that the following documents were created and their potential is being explored. Next we will use this already collected data (70+ hrs of material) to figure out the logistics of the proposed “living map”.

1/11 Dispersed Memorial Announces its Vision to Honor 9/11 Victims

Asheville, North Carolina – Jan 11, 2011 — A project to honor the lives of 9/11 victims, Dispersed Memorial, is setting its goals for the 10th and 11th anniversaries of the tragedy. Thousands of glass plates, inscribed with written dedications to victims and an outline of the missing Twin Towers, will populate New York City in locations where the towers were once visible. The memorials will create a dispersed constellation of markers throughout the city that will connect the stories of loved ones and materialize a collective memory.

Each glass plate outline of the Twin Towers will correspond to the memory of the city’s skyline in varying locations. At night, the markers will light up one by one as an echo to the candles that were lit for the lives of victims in the days following 9/11, and will illuminate the inscriptions of stories, letters, poems and names that honor each victim. The memorial allows each contributor to choose the location of the glass plates where they wish to honor victims.

Dispersed Memorial was conceptualized in 2001 by Martha Skinner and Doug Hecker of fieldoffice, an interdisciplinary practice which challenges the distinctions between architecture, urbanism, and art. Their design response was related to their firm’s focus on the temporal quality of social responses to tragedy. Co-founder Martha Skinner explained, “As a former resident of New York City, I felt like I needed to be there, to be part of people coming together to deal with the situation, to heal, and to share something in common.” In anticipation of the 10th and 11th anniversaries of the event, fieldoffice has expanded the team to work with individuals ranging from urban planners, university professors, artists and architecture students, and is inviting additional collaborators.

By collecting and installing the stories behind the lives of 9/11 victims, Dispersed Memorial explores concepts of dispersed memory as a continual presence in a city and how that memory can connect people. “There is a sacredness within the fabric of the city. It is about the memory of the Twin Towers as an orienting device, and entire lives, and the losses that affected so many people,” Skinner said.

For more information about the project team and collaborative opportunities, visit the Dispersed Memorial website:

For high resolution images of the project,
Martha Skinner
Co-founder of Dispersed Memorial

10 ^ 10

10^1 propagates and executes simple and beautiful design ideas that have humanitarian and environmental impact!

10^2 exploits contemporary communication media and building technologies to provide smart design system solutions to pressing global problems!

10^3 harnesses the power of the individual within the collective for culturally sensitive local effects that spread globally!

10^10 projects:

1. Address a pressing humanitarian, environmental, and social need.

2. Exploit contemporary technologies to execute visionary and innovative ideas to systemic global problems.

3. Be simple, smart and quickly implemented while still being adaptable, flexible, and beautiful.

4. Address the individual scale with as much detail as the global scale with a focus on exponential effect.

SEED_Haiti inaugurates what will be a series of 10^10 projects with exponential effects. The situation in Haiti, in which 1,000,00+ people were suddenly left homeless on January 12, 2010 led to this question? How to use the Powers of 10 to house people quickly yet sensibly! Other 10^10 projects include Dispersed Memorial, superABSORBER, Dry-In House, BiCi_N, and PROXY_Florence.



This proposal references the iconography of the missing World Trade Center towers as orienting devices. It also references each life lost on September 11, 2001 and the bombing of 1993. 3,022 viewing plates are dispersed throughout the city, at points from which one could see the towers before they were gone.  Each plate is inscribed with a different profile of the lost towers and with the names and biographies of each lost life. This dispersed memorial intersects the everyday activities of the city as an organizational pattern that engages daily life. In the surrounding urban landscape, anyone can engage with the seemingly infinite memorials that populate spaces of the city. A space of meditation can occur at any time and in any place. Looking through the transparent plate, one engages that which is no longer there physically, yet continues to exist in memory. These engraved images and texts embody and celebrate these lives. Every night the plates light up one  by one in a constellation-like choreography. Like lanterns lit from within, the plates illuminate the inscriptions, cityscape and biographies, transforming into luminous and delicate, yet determined, lines decorating the city in celebration and remembrance.










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Proxy Florence Opens

PROXY Florence collaborated with friends from many coordinates in the world. The volunteers and contributors represented the following 27 countries:

Hungary, Spain, Greece, China, Iran, Israel, France, Portugal, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, Romania, United States, Chile, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Colombia, Jordan, Venezuela, Canada, Serbia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Project team:

Martha Skinner, Douglas Hecker, Lauren Mitchell, Charlie Bryant (sound), Joshua Kehl, Brian Miele, Brian Leounis, Sarah Moore, Suzanne Bodson, Ayaka Tanabe, Liz Corr, Clay Montgomery, Nathan Asire, Jake DeMint, Adam James, Carla Landa and Jason Butz.


Chris Wilkins, Hali Knight, Virginia Black, Sofia Avramopoulou, Benedetta Cavallini, Erica Bucciarelli, Marco Caroti, Kristian Fosholt, Laura Tedeschi, Mauricio Skinner, David De Sevi Bruzual, Eric Brockmeyer, Nathaniel Zuelzke, Olivier Ilegems, Guillaume La Belle, and Kyle Perry.


Katalin Beck, Gerard Cuartero-Betriu, Anat Katsir, Mostafa Zaafari, Vassilis Kyriakopoulos, Rachel Sellers, Ayaka Tanabe, Erhmei Yuan, Matilde Cassani, Adie Hailat, Patricia Muñiz Núñez, Catalina Gomez, Mea Zatric, Speranta-Octavia Maior, Gerald Lehmacher, Youssef Boubekeur, and Gijs Beesems.

Guest critics:

Enrique Larrañaga, David Lee, Dan Harding, and Chuck Krekelberg.

25th year celebration

March 31, 2009  MARTHA EDIT THIS

Martha Skinner attended the 25th year celebration the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Fellowships in Architecture Program, University of Michigan at an event held at the Architectural League of New York on March 31, 2009 as an alum Sanders Fellow.

“The fellowships, as many as four per year, enable architecture and urban planning practitioners and scholars to be in residence at Taubman College during an academic year and engage in research. While engaging the student body through the teaching of studios and/or seminars, these scholars are provided with resources to advance their research.”