In 2007, In 2007 London’s National Gallery teamed up with creative agency The Partners to promote the gallery’s permanent collection of over 2,300 paintings. How do you get people to come indoors on a sunny day and see the art inside the gallery? Design experts The Partners turned the brief on its head, and instead brought the paintings outside to people on the street.

For 12 weeks during the summer, life-size high quality replicas of 45 of the National Gallery’s most famous paintings were hung about the streets of London. Complete with ornate frames and helpful information plaques as you find alongside the real artworks, the city itself became a giant art gallery.

A range of tours were offered, including ‘Lunchtime Tours’ designed to fit in with the hour-long breaks of workers in the city. By taking busy office workers around their own buildings, the tour made them reconsider the artworks as well as their own city. Each tour was supplemented by a downloadable interactive map as well as audio guides, downloadable from the gallery’s website.

Placing the paintings in a different context, viewers were able to interact with the art in a new way, with the whole experience being deliberately more modern and interactive.

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The ordinary practitioners of the city live “down below,” below the
thresholds at which visibility begins. They walk-an elementary form of this experience of the city; they are walkers, whose bodies follow the thicks and thins of an urban “text” they write without being able to read it. These practitioners make use of spaces that cannot be seen; their knowledge of them is as blind as that of lovers in each other’s arms.

Michel de Certeau - Chapter ‘Walking the City' in 'The Practice of Everyday Life(1984)



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Katherine Baxter

"Katherine Baxter’s work is exquisite, whether small or large scale. Meticulous research goes into every ‘jewel’ like piece, and the pleasure she derives from producing these, is communicated to us all. There is complete mastery of the axonometric projection, as can be appreciated in her grand London and New York posters. It is, as if one is transported by hot air balloon, floating gently over all those much loved and beautifully painted landmarks.” David Driver Head of design, The Times

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Alvenaria Social Housing by Fala Atelier

A module with variations and multiplications which allowed the dwellings to develop iteratively and flexibly.

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City Surfing For Urban Dwellers http://ift.tt/UMqx5g

The growing popularity of city surfing would encourage urban planners to develop cities’ urban fabric in a cool way.
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The growing popularity of city surfing would encourage urban planners to develop cities’ urban fabric in a cool way.
… What distinguishes education from the broader concept of socialization is that education involves the selection of certain ideals, values, and skills that are deemed of sufficiently great importance not to be left to chance and therefore must be deliberately and intentionally conveyed to the young.
 Hurn, Christopher J., “The Sociological Approach to Schooling,” The Limits and Possibilities of Schooling: An Introduction to the Sociology of Education, Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1993, pp. 1-41. (via socio-logic)

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Social space is an invisible set of relationships which tends to re-translate itself, in a more or less direct manner, into physical space in the form of a definite distributional arrangement of agents and properties (e.g between downtown ans subburbs).

This means that all the distinctions proposed about physical space can be found in reified social space.

— Pierre Bourdieu - ‘Physical Space, Social Space and Habitus’ (1996)

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The shift in ‘ownership’ of public space from the local state with ostensible social and communal objectives, to private ownership with commercial and profit making objectives, lies at the heart of the trend towards restrictive practices. This process is of course itself but a reflection of wider social developments associated with the emergence of neo-liberal economic and political programmes in all European countries.

Doherty et al.- Homelessness and Exclusion (2008)

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