research, symposium, a collaboration with Robin Hewlett
ReTool explores local economies and informal exchange networks. Robin Hewlett and I began this project by interviewing people involved in cottage industries in Pittsburgh.
Our thinking on the project began when we were thinking of how we ourselves and many of our peers choose to live in Pittsburgh despite the lack of livlihood opportunities.
And we could see that Pittsburgh, since the fall of the Steel industry, has cultivated a culture of independent and subversive capitalist entrepreneurialship.