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Process is often more interesting than results; at the very least it allows a better insight into the attributes and dynamics of a project. Inspired by the International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam’s 2012 theme, Making City, this project acts as a visual exploration of new city-making practices.
After the economic crisis in the late 2000s and the consequent standstill of the real estate market, citizens sought new ways to develop their cities and neighbourhoods. Implemented through new opportunities offered by social media, this resulted in a new tendency to ‘build less and connect more’.
In this sense these models convey a new dimension of participation and strategies that underline how designed objects can move forward with new politics.
Capturing these case-studies was not intended as an artist-statement, but an act of bringing us ‘back to reality’, or better yet, a different reality; one that contrasts with the greenwashed 3D renderings so ubiquitous in commercial landscape practice. This series shifts then from the classic black and white image of muddy fields, do-it-your-self architecture, and crowd-funded projects to the color aesthetics of the contemporary practices of place-making.
Text by Brendan Cormier