Considering how local participants may be engaged in urban projects, we discovered that Alsop Architects, a contemporary British architectural firm with a philosophy of “collective creativity,” and Park Fiction, a very recent public art initiative in Hamburg, Germany, share strategies of participation to a remarkable degree. We offer a brief summary of the emerging tendencies in architecture and public art within which this coincidental sharing has occurred, and of the highlights both of a major project by Alsop and of the Park Fiction project. We consider and draw conclusions about the parallels between the processes of engagement used by Alsop and Park Fiction, and end by analyzing a model project carried out in a workshop at the February 2007 International Symposium on the Arts in Society which served as a way to explore these processes further.
|Keywords:||Architecture, Public Art, Public Space, Contemporary Architecture, Reception, Community, Urban, Engagement, Social Inclusion|
Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts , Department of Humanities, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Intern Architect, SMC Alsop Architects, Toronto, ON, Canada
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