Ben Thorp Brown. The Arcadia Center

Part of The New Sanctuary, the Satellite Programme 12 devised by Laura Herman, The Arcadia Center is published in conjunction with the exhibition of work by Ben Thorp Brown, which calls for an architectural experience inspired by ancient mythology and the fields of psychology and neuroscience.

Conceived as a kind of wellness center in response to the politics of our times, The Arcadia Center places architecture at the intersection between empathy, care, and survival. In this arcadian sanctuary, dwellers can enjoy an idyllic, timeless existence that encourages them to reconnect with people, animals, and the natural world.

Filmed in Richard and Dion Neutra’s VDL Research House II at Silver Lake Reservoir in Los Angeles, the video Cura shown in the exhibition brings to life the principles developed by the Austrian-American architect, who saw architecture as a therapeutic tool and designed projects in which each environmental element was carefully calculated to elicit sensory and emotional responses in people.

Featuring a conversation between Ben Thorp Brown and Laura Herman and an essay by architectural theorist Sylvia Lavin, this publication explores empathy as a critical capacity and an expression of our perception of the spaces in which we dwell.

Texts by Ben Thorp Brown, Laura Herman and Sylvia Lavin

Co-edition: Jeu de Paume / CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux / Museo Amparo

Publication date: June 2019
Softcover, 15 × 21 cm
64 pages, 7 colour ill.
Bilingual French / English
ISBN : 978-2-87721-246-5
Graphic design: Groupe CCC
Distribution: Les presses du réel

Price: €14

E-pub version (ABM Distribution)
ISBN: 978-2-915704-88-4
Price: 6,99 €

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