Peregrine Workshop

Peregrine-Workshop_ Peregrine-Workshop_1ABOUT THE ARTIST

As Peregrine Workshop, Andrea and Gary Urbiel Goldner practice place storytelling using verbal and visual methods. Andrea is trained as a landscape architect. Gary is trained as a biomedical engineer. Together, they write using vocabulary and expertise from ecology, mathematics, kinesiology, visual art, engineering, and landscape architecture to tell the story of places. From engineering, mathematics, and design, they use analysis and rely on nonlinear thinking. From landscape architecture and ecology, they apply analysis to site and place. From their training in the sciences, they use careful, specific documentation. From kinesiology, athletics, and landscape architecture, they understand and communicate how human bodies use spaces and make places. With these approaches, they listen for the ordinary and then scratch below it in order to tell the story. Recent work includes a US Department of State Fulbright project, Community Appliances: Resilient Places in the City Landscape. Current projects include: American Pilgrims, a body of poetry and creative non-fiction about places and the spaces between them; Les Oiseaux Sauvages de Detroit, poetry and bird observations that collage to tell stories of Detroit’s ecology right now; and The City is Made of Stories, a series of books for children and explorers of all ages about cities and how they are made.

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Peregrine Workshop (Andrea + Gary Urbiel Goldner) presents a playful exploration of cities and how they are made.

They are working on a series of books for explorers of all ages, with children as a primary audience. The first book in the series follows the ordinary and adventurous interactions of neighbors making their way to and from two neighborhood ovens in North Africa. That city is made of fresh bread, kids, grandmas, roosters, salt and cumin shaken over chickpea custard, and peanuts rolled into cones of math homework.

Visitors are invited to contribute to the series by telling them about your city. Find a postcard (available throughout the event), use words and images to complete the sentence My city is made of___________., and pin it to the wall as part of their exhibit at MOCAD or send it back to us. Join them at a workshop for families to think, write, draw, and talk about what the city is made of.


Our life in cities sustains our practice. Our love of cities fuels our practice. Our exploration of cities refreshes our practice. We believe that every story emerges from place and that every place is built from stories, as certainly as—but often more magically and fundamentally than—it is made of buildings, streets, and ecological structure. Our work relies on patient walking and listening with all of our senses to find the physical locations where these stories are nurtured and recreated; we often find that these locations are a place’s centers of resilience. The patiently explored places, their centers of story and resilience, and our methodology of finding and understanding these special places form the center of our work together.