Art in Ruins

The Showroom

Although Pop art found architectural parallels and echoes in the work of the Archigram group and of Robert Venturi, the example of Andy Warhol would seem an elusive model for architectural practice. “Warholism,” one might say, is an attitude of mind rather than a method of design, a gaze at the environment rather than an intervention in it. Nevertheless, a gaze forms attitudes, and attitudes become form. In general, it might be said that too many architects are quick on the draw and blind to what is simply there. Hanna Vowles and Glynn Banks are architectural artists; they are architects who represent what is “there” in the average scan of contemporary urban life. They call their practice “Art In Ruins,” denoting by it all that was once local, authentic, immediate, and vivid, as opposed to the manufactured, standard, alienated, and universal. The title is ironic; they do not deal in ideal

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