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Assemble might have a Turner Prize, but the London collective continues to defy categorization

Assemble might have a Turner Prize, but the London collective continues to defy categorization

It has been quite the rise to prominence — and influence — for Assemble, the London collective whose work hovers somewhere between art and architecture, between built space and cultural critique. Best known for designing projects like pop-up cinemas and other temporary spaces in close collaboration with the local communities that will use them, Assemble creates low-budget ad hoc designs that also happen to be sharply photogenic. In that combination it has something in common with artist Theaster Gates in Chicago, architect Alejandro Aravena's Chilean firm Elemental, and the Rural Studio, which is operated by Auburn University in Alabama. Yet in a number of respects Assemble is...

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