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Sarah Oppenheimer by Alexander Galloway
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Open floor plans are less open than we think—and ripe for intervention. Oppenheimer’s latest effort is on view at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Charles Simonds’s Dwelling by Stephanie Weber
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Although appropriately sized, the Little People—a civilization whose many dwellings once populated street gutters, building cracks, and window sills in Manhattan and other parts of the world—certainly would have refused to move into one of the micro-sized (though hardly micro-priced) apartments that are now springing up in New York City.

Wolf Vostell and Dick Higgins’s Fantastic Architecture by Eva Díaz
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Buildings are big, expensive, and they have a tendency to stick around a long time. So what’s an artist who wants to disturb “the repressive architecture of bureaucracy and luxury” to do?

Tom Burr by Alan Ruiz
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“Some people are happy calling me an artist, others a Conceptual or post-Conceptual artist, others say sculptor, and others use a string of modifiers. Someone suggested once that I was simply performing these categories, which I like.”

Monte Laster by Hunter Braithwaite
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North of Paris, west of Texas—Laster’s community-based social sculptures span cultures and continents.

Tatiana Bilbao by Terence Gower
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For Tatiana Bilbao, an architectural project’s limitations are opportunities to experiment with new approaches. With artist Terence Gower she revisits recent ventures and Mexico’s architectural tradition.

David Brooks by Mary Mattingly
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Nature, sustainability, urbanism, and the overlapping interests of two artists who produce very different work.

Hal Foster’s The Art-Architecture Complex by Carlos Brillembourg
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Commodity fetishism or a city as art? Architect Richard Serra and others add to the panoply of voices in Hal Foster’s new collection of essays, The Art-Architecure Complex.

Serkan Ozkaya’s David Double Arrives by Liza Béar

Liza Béar talks to Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya about his monumental David Double.

BOMB Global: Toronto by Rebecca Melnyk
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On October 1, millions of people in Toronto ventured outside their homes to experience the 6th annual Nuit Blanche. Rebecca Melnyk spoke to the curators about the multi-city event and the role of public art.

Thread to the Word: Alison Saar by Hadley Roach
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Alison Saar and Hadley Roach take a stroll through Madison Square Park to explore the stages and cycles of the Seasons.

Shifting Connections: Daniel Canogar by Kathleen MacQueen
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Shifting Connections continues with Kathleen MacQueen’s interview with Daniel Canogar, one of the artists featured in New York’s Into the Light event.

Andrea Blum by pamela lins
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This fictional site operates simultaneously with our everyday lives. It is a place where relationships unfold in time, and structures unfold in space; lying together they suggest the abstract material of sociability. These formations are the relatives of architecture, the turf of Andrea Blum’s work.

Miquel Barceló’s Gran Elefandret by Liza Béar

Liza Béar talks to Miquel Barceló about his 26-foot bronze sculpture, Gran Elefandret, which was recently unveiled in New York’s Union Square.

Friends of the High Line by Tabitha Piseno
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Friends of the High Line commissions artists to make site-specific works along the former railway. Tabitha Piseno speaks to curator Lauren Ross and artist Kim Beck about art and the urban environment.

Jejune Institute and Elsewhere by Christine Lagorio
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Departing a clandestine appointment in a San Francisco office tower, Jejune Institute inductees puzzle over an encrypted instruction key.

Version Fest by Melissa Potter
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Having just celebrated its eighth incarnation last April and May, Chicago’s Version Fest is a 10-day mash-up of curatorial projects, public interventions, musical events, and academic forums.

Smiljan Radic by Jose Castillo
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Though we share acquaintances, Smiljan Radic and I have never met in person, nor spoken over the phone. This interview is the result of a series of email exchanges between Smiljan in Santiago and myself in Mexico City during October of 2008.

Lewis Baltz’s The Tract Houses/The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine, California/The Prototype Works by Saul Ostrow
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This recently published box set of three books represents a comprehensive view of Lewis Baltz’s photography of the late ’70s, when he was identified with the influential photography movement New Topography. 

Adam Bartos’s Boulevard by Carlos Brillembourg

The photographs in Adam Bartos’s Boulevard, taken in Paris and Los Angeles, document places that are at once ubiquitous and hidden. 

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