"Around the world, followers of architecture with a capital A have
focused so much of their attention on formal experiments, as if
aesthetics and social activism, twin Modernist concerns, were mutually
exclusive. But Medellín is proof that they’re not, and shouldn’t be."
I lifted the comment above from this article
in The New York Times
which recounts the renaissance of Medellín, Colombia. I just tonight came across the link courtesy of Fonna Forman. There is an interesting entanglement of architectural focus on public space, cultural activism, and democratic participation at work here. No panacea promised, just a hopeful example.
Labels: architects, democracy, Latin America, Public Space, spaces