Posted by Paul Malo on March 13, 2002 at 06:54:25:
In Reply to: Re: Urban "furniture" (?)..... define..?.. posted by Simple Simon on March 13, 2002 at 06:44:28:
The term "street furniture" is commonly used here, referring to benches, lighting standards, trash recepticals, etc. Jacque's term might be useful in a broader sense, referring to OBJECTS that are added, like the cherry on top of the whipped cream, to an urban townscape. In this sense, even the Syndey Opera House might be "urban furniture," as an objet d'art gratuitiously added to a city. The distinction would be whether the object was integral to the ground (in the perceptual sense of background) or became an independent, disengaged figure. I admire much of Charles Correa's work because it is NOT "urban furniture," but becomes integrated into the "ground" of the urban poché.
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