Posts Tagged “Public space”

People Watching

05.06.2010  |  By
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The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces is a wonderful film based on a book by William H. Whyte (and produced by The Municipal Art Society of New York), which analyzes urban spaces mainly by simply watching what people do in them. Beginning with analysis of NYC’s Seagram building’s successful outdoor plaza and continuing through an exami... More

Art Conditions

04.06.2010  |  By
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The thing that first caught my eye about Minnesota’s Art Shanty Projects was the mission statement (emphasis mine):

“Art Shanty Projects is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which the relatively unregulated public space of the frozen lake can be used as a new and challenging artistic environment to expand notions of what art can be.”

A frozen lake struck me as a fantastic addition to the catalog of overlooked public niche spaces we’ve talked about before, and one with compelling implications and challenges. Aesthetically, the stark, uninterrupted backdrop evokes a sort of deconstructed museum space, showcasing the whimsical shanties and their performers. Creating art in such an entirely unscripted location is a fascinating prospect – anything could happen.

And, it appears, anything does: the four-weekend exhibition held on the frozen Medicine Lake in Minnesota is self-proclaimed “performance, architecture, science, art, video... More

This land wasn’t made for you and me

08.06.2009  |  By
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Since opening in 2007, the San Francisco Federal Building, designed by Thomas Mayne of the Morphosis architectural firm, has been internationally renowned as a model for sustainable architecture and green design. Located on the corner of 7th and Mission Street in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood, the skeletal grey metal building is visible from blocks away and from ontop of the nearby highway overpass. It stands tall and abstruse, sticking out, literally and visually, from the smaller buildings and offices nearby. On our first official “blogging field-trip, ” Suzanne Stein, Eric Heiman, and myself conducted our own self-guided tour of the federal building to see what exactly all the hype is about.

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