Master Thesis' Abstract
Institutional Mediations Between Architecture and the Public Sphere - The Case of Art Net 1974/1979
Concerned with the conditions of architecture dissemination and debate, and considering that institutions have a large influence on the formulation of discourses and an impact on redefinitions of practice, this thesis investigates the case of architecture centres. Based on their primary focus on communication through exhibitions, talks, and publications, as well as their role as network agencies, architecture centres are studied here as relevant mediating agents between architecture and its different audiences and with other types of institutions such as museums, professional associations, and foundations.
Reflecting on the challenge of pedagogical models and the consequent creation of new projects and institutions in the 1960s and 1970s, this thesis examines the case of Art Net, a non-commercial gallery for art and architecture conceived by Peter Cook. Operating in London from 1974 to 1979, Art Net promoted an environment for discussion and for the formulation of architectural ideas and experiments. This research studies Art Net’ structure, activities, and forms of communication. It seeks to comprehend the conception, composition, and effects of Art Net’s programs as well as the role the institution played in both its London and international contexts.