The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of art. Mind takes form in the city; and in turn, urban forms condition mind. For space, no less than time, is artfully reorganized in cities: in boundary lines and silhouettes, in the fixing of horizontal planes and vertical peaks, in utilizing or denying the natural site, the city records the attitude of a culture and an epoch to the fundamental facts of its existence. The dome and the spire, the open avenue and the closed court, tell the story, not merely of different physical accommodations, but of essentially different conceptions of man’s destiny.
The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions.
On the site of the former ceramics factories of the Royal Sphinx, in the heart of Maastricht (The Netherlands), a new community space devoted to urban agricolture has born. It’s Sphinxpark, a temporary park developed by REcentre, platform for sustainable design in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, NAiM/Bureau Europa and Marres Projects.
Photos by Peter Visser_ All rights reserved.
In front of the Opera House in Marseille (France) every first Wednesday of the month at 12.00 o’clock, when the civil defense alarm goes off, Lieux publics presents Sirènes et midi net. Artists of all disciplines join in the public urban ritual, proposing a creative “sound-specific” performance.