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Archis 2001 #5

Art works: Making interesse public

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Once foreign-born artists or graphic design companies, for example, have access to the same sources of subsidy as regular artists, a conflict arises not only between different working methods but also different conceptions of art. Is an artistic fountain designed by a Moroccan art broker an autonomous art work, a socialization project or a local-global […]

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Archis 2001 #5

Misusing public space

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Unlike the politician or policy-making official, the genuine critic does not invoke so-called reactions from the field, nor statements by committees and advisory bodies, about which the critic couldn’t care less. The critic may, however, employ existing ideas about the subject at hand. These ideas may be inspired by historical examples, current practice, theoretical models […]

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Archis 2001 #5

The ontology of the Bagel Cart

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And anyone who visits New York cannot help but admire our happy solution to the ongoing difficulties of providing several million citizens with their coffee and bagels in a timely (average waiting time less than 100 seconds) and inexpensive ($1.00 for coffee and bagel in bag with napkin) manner. The basic building material of the […]

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Archis 2001 #5

Art and suburbia: A Small Test for the Planner

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Employ artists in a design team, give them a design brief that requires them to work with planners, architects and urban designers to find a solution, and the result will be a better living environment. The idea that underpinned around twenty years of art in public space has now reappeared in an updated form. Artists […]

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Archis 2001 #5

The creation of a public sphere

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LIMITED-VIEWING: ARCHIS AS PUBLIC ART Until they built the roundabout. Traffic was redirected in a circular movement and from that moment there was a centre, a vacuum demanding to be filled. The age-old question of what to do with the heart of a traffic square presented itself. Surely this was an ideal place for an […]

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