Creatively Composing New Cities: An Exercise In Taking Ownership

Creatively Composing New Cities: An Exercise In Taking Ownership

An artist deconstructs cities into re-arrangeable anagrams to remind people of the responsibility they have to their communities.

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 28 april 2011


French artist Armelle Caron’s city anagrams symbolically ask participants to take ownership of their communities by re-arranging as they see fit. The artist began by simplifying the urban environments- buildings, city blocks, and parks- of various cities including Berlin, Istanbul, and New York into monochromatic blocks. Using her deconstructed version of the map, she organized the cities in new ways. Last year, Armelle added a three-dimensional element to her exhibition Villes en Morceaux (Cities in Pieces) at the Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris.

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