Reconditioning Routines : Socially-engaged Public Art in Urban Redevelopments

Virginia Lui, Martin Färber, Herwig Turk, Aki Lee / Text, Picture

  Reconditioning Routines : Socially-engaged Public Art in Urban Redevelopments
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This article investigates the critical role of public art in urban renewal processes that divert from conventional development routines. Case studies from Europe and Dashilar, Beijing are compared and evaluated for their innovative artistic methodologies in approaching urban regeneration from a Social Design perspective. Additionally, projects from European cities will illustrate alternative urban renewal approaches in combination with creative strategies. Regarding the greater context of urban renewal, this article will eventually examine the potential of public art in the framework of dominant power structures in international urban developments. Furthermore, public art is reexamined as a socially-engaged act that is imbued with societal responsibilities and commitments. Thus, the shifting role of artists and designers, the advent of alternative economic models and the fluidity of art produced in face of complex urban challenges allude to a new definition of public art and conditions for its activity.

Public Art No. 3 2018
The ‘International Public Art Study Workshop’ was launched by Public Art Cooperation Center (PACC) of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts
Shanghai University and Public Art Magazine
undertaken by Studio for Public Art Theory & International Exchange of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts. Within the framework of research activities
the Department of Social Design - Arts as Urban Innovation at the University of Applied Arts
Vienna was invited to Shanghai and Beijing in December 2017 to conduct on-site research. The participating researchers included Herwig Turk
senior artist; Martin Färber
assistant professor; Virginia Lui
PhD candidate and Aki Lee
master student of University of Applied Arts Vienna.