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ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art

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The new Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) on its harbour site in Boston combines, or fuses, several significant architectural themes. First there is the trope, initiated by Frank Lloyd Wright a century ago, of the exploded box, the parallelepiped of porous corners. Second is the modernist pursuit of the ultimate flexible container for exhibitions and art happenings, from universal spaces imagined by Mies van der Rohe to the kit-of-parts realised by Piano and Rogers at Beaubourg. Third is an evolving attention to landscape and ramped surface as witnessed at the Kunsthal, in Rotterdam, by Rem Koolhaas/OMA and the Villa VPRO, near Hilversum, by MVRDV. Fourth is the research carried out, over recent decades, by the ICA’s architects into architecture’s connection with the human body, specifically with regard to what might be termed the mechanics of observation or, even, the equipment of...

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