Corporate Arcadia

Corporate Arcadia looks at what is usually disregarded by architecture culture: the corporate architecture of banking headquarters, office buildings and hotels that has mostly shaped the city of Brussels in the 1990s and early 2000s. It does so with a twist: Armin Linke’s photographic work from inside the Corporate Arcadia reveals the hidden activities of fifteen institutions and at the same time ‘restores beauty to these invisible sites’. Magazine excerpts and videos offer thematic insights and counterpoints in the form of seven ‘double figures’, letting emerge multiple dimensions and critical knots on technology, urban development, business and style. Models and documents retrieved on site or from the architects’ archives are called to perform as embodied figures on a theatre of objects; while their position is static, the concepts they carry are mobile, open to interpretation and recombination.

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