Derelict buildings and street art

With this ongoing economic downturn a lot of buildings – whether commercial or residential – are still empty.

Architects and multinational groups are constantly thinking of new developments and it seems that luxury students accommodations is the way forward.

Rents are getting higher and studios can be rented for 51 weeks, reaching around £10,000 per annum. A rather consequent amount to pay and this is without annual university fees which could hit £9,000. A prime example in Exeter (Devon) where The Printworks brings a perfect place to study & live with all mod cons a few minutes away from public transports as well as near the actual university campus. Property management consultants in Exeter have been busy.

Nowadays, parents have to be prepared to get their savings accounts full up for the next generation. Usually, these expenses can be required for 2 to 3 years according to what their son/daughter has chosen.

But what about keeping abandoned spaces for artists who want to show their talents. Street art is part of the 21st century culture. Why destroy to rebuild something rather clinical with no soul?!

Councils are welcoming investors, it is understandable. But what about the artistic expression?

Berlin is booming with mural representations – London Brick Lane is buzzing – Stokes Croft in Bristol is the birthplace of Banksy who made it on a global scale.

Banksy Infographic Street Art

…a 10-storey building slated to be demolished has been decorated inside and out by more than 100 street artists in Paris… Source

Graffiti mural street art Paris

This statement is a sign that there is room to mix art with architecture, to bring something vibrant to towns and cities.

Derelict can be beautiful.

Paris Street Art

London Southbank is an open air art show mixing skaters, music and urban graffitis. It attracts tourists, photographers and brings something different to the Capital, away from Oxford and Regent Street where shoppers walk up and down the already busy pavements.

A space without art can be rather boring. Some are questioning the place/importance of money/investment in our daily lives.

Money is essential to survive (food and rent), but it shouldn’t destroy the foundation of human interaction/creation.

Are we going to face a kind of overall saturation or boredom when everything looks the same then start again from scratch?

What about having a kind of quota in place giving a certain percentage to developers and to artists, where a co-operation would be a win-win situation – in other words a happy partnership.

Moving forward is positive as long as it doesn’t destroy what is already in place.

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