Posted on June 1, 2012
Architect Mark Gardner reviews the Living as Form book for Urban Design Review. Gardner discusses Thompson’s choice of two artworks illustrating the practice of art as a form of resistance: Ala Plastica’s Magdalena Oil Spill, and Pedro Reyes’ Palas por Pistolas (Pistols into Spades). He likens the social consciousness of these works to Candy Chang’s I Wish this Was¬¬ _____, a project which focused on the citizens of New Orleans’ hopes and concerns about their desolate surroundings. Gardner ends with an evaluation of a featured Living As Form project, artist/founder Rick Lowe’s Project Row Houses, which has, through one of programs, provided affordable housing in Houston’s Third Ward District. Of Project Row Houses, Gardner writes, “In the end, it only took an artist to see opportunity and bring about change where others could not see. A lesson we can all take away from Living As Form.”
Continue to read the complete review here.