'Thatched', BAW (Beaconsfield Artworks), 1996, LB Camden, Commissioned by FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste) as part of the project Roadworks, in partnership with JC Dexaux and Camden Mix Music Festival. Photo: courtesy BAW. More info.
There are many places to realise projects and the location will inform the different parameters and processes to consider. However, wherever a project is to be realised, thinking needs to be developed, and connections made, with the users of that place. Without this, projects can lack a sense of ownership and be made more vulnerable.
In identifying an actual site, it can be beneficial to leave the brief reasonably open. Being too prescriptive when identifying a site and opportunity can narrow a project’s potential.
Different forms of art practice have opened up new sites and places for projects. Public and civic buildings such as libraries, schools and housing have historically been places for collaborations between artists and architects and new collaborative ways of working are being developed.
Statues and memorials have long been sited in our parks, streets and squares and today artistic practice is developing other forms of engagement, often more connected to users’ and their experiences. Other sites include public transport, and new developments with offices, retail and mixed-use.