Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Architecture catches the acting bug

Architecture catches the acting bug

Of all the ways that architecture has tried to reconstitute itself after the economic collapse of 2008 — a collapse in which the profession and its relationship to high finance and predatory bank lending were directly implicated — one of the most fascinating has involved the intersection of buildings and performance. Young and midcareer figures such as Bryony Roberts and Spain’s Andres Jaque have developed projects that either tell stories about architecture and its history or use architecture or public space as a kind of temporary stage.

The appeal of these efforts, for their creators as well as audiences and critics, has a good deal to do with their impermanence and often their...

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