London

Peter Fend

Marc Jancou Gallery

Alternately Mr. Passionately-Disposed-Man-with-a-Plan or the all-time Olympian Nerd, Peter Fend’s presence on the shop floor enables him to constitute his scenario as a series of “multiple originals,” turning a potentially static display of maps and models into a chameleonlike facade of information and orientations.

Fend allies himself with architects because architecture is the field of social practice that encompasses his ideals and ambitions most completely. Architecture counts because it is the fundamental experience of our environment. Fend knows this and is fond of quoting a remark attributed to Alberti: that an architect’s responsibility is to build cities with clean air and clean water. Fend’s cooptation of the visionary rhetoric prefiguring a unifying social and political role for architecture and megascale engineering works is meant to place those and similarly far-reaching issues

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