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Wolfgang Tillmans’s Book for Architects

Still from Wolfgang Tillmans’s Book for Architects, 2014, two-channel digital video, color, silent, approx. 40 minutes.

ALTHOUGH WOLFGANG TILLMANS’S Book for Architects, 2014, offers an encyclopedic survey of the contemporary built environment, those to whom its title is addressed are likely to recognize surprisingly little of their own handiwork. Architects have never lacked ego, and we live in an age in which their trade has taken on an outsize importance and unprecedented popularity as a premium product of the international culture industry—charged with all manner of place making and identity branding. But this has led to a myopic understanding of architecture as little more than a series of individual buildings as prestige projects, isolated urban interventions that remain largely discrete from the broader contexts they seek to transform. Tillmans’s work, which debuted at the Venice Architecture Biennale last year and is currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,

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