I am currently working with community partners in Newark to develop an exhibition and public programming on Kea Tawana's Ark, a three-story boat-like structure built and dismantled in Newark in the 1980s. You can see some great photos of the Ark here: http://www.spacesarchives.org/explore/collection/environment/keas-ark/
There's always some debate over what the Ark was: public art, vernacular architecture, a home, just a boat. It's often compared to the Watts Towers or the Heidelberg Project, for what it's worth. Whatever the case, I'm working a bit out of my expertise.
So my query is pretty basic: what is some of the best writing and who are the best scholars working today at the intersections of public art, vernacular architecture, and preservation? Those are the three areas that come most immediately to my mind in thinking about the Ark, but I welcome any ideas outside those areas, for sure!
Many, many thanks!
Mark Krasovic / Rutgers University-Newark