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Building Bonds for Society

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Our lives are increasingly fragmented and filtered through digital media, even as the public realm of our cities is being privatized and sold off to the highest bidders. A few enlightened architects are pushing back, fostering social intercourse and creating stages that all can share. The New York firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has led the way, turning an abandoned freight track into the High Line, Manhattan’s most popular promenade, and breaking down social barriers at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Over the past year they have infused learning hubs for the arts and medicine with that same exuberance, and are creating a cultural center for Rio de Janeiro that may rival the Pompidou as a people space. Connectivity is the thread that links these four diverse structures, drawing on early experiments and the desire to create a more democratic environment for life, work...

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