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Architecture is having great difficulty in rescuing its critical impetus from the clutches of a political-economic engine.
Future architecture will reinvent its critical status by entangling itself with site-specific artistic investigations. The conjunction of these modes of operations and lexicons will result in unprecedented spatial practices. They will trigger “disturbances” in the predefined system and incite citizens’ critical engagement as well as their reflection on the complex dynamics that build and rebuild our urban environments.
An initial small-scale experiment of these ideas is present in “SITU”, a research platform focusing on a dialogue between art, architecture and the city. It commissions site-specific works for the external areas of a building designed by arch. Paulo Mendes da Rocha, in São Paulo, Brazil. The artworks simultaneously relate to da Rocha’s project and to the public space, while inciting a discussion on contemporary urbanity.