Rotterdam Photo

Paul Eis (to be edit)

Faceless Buildings

In all the crises of recent years, hardly any topic has repeatedly come to the focus as much as the question of how we will live together. Time and time again, it becomes apparent that the scenes of these social processes are the facades of our buildings. 

In the pandemic, windows and balconies suddenly became the only way to experience some spatial freedom, and became the only physical place of communication with people outside one’s household. In wars, the public space of coexistence suddenly becomes a space full of danger and destruction. Elsewhere, energy becomes limited and solutions are sought to make buildings more sustainable and efficient. And fundamentally, digitalization and the current development of AI will also have an impact on our urban space. 

In the history of architecture, facades have always been a reflection of our circumstances. In today’s architecture facades have largely lost their significance. Cities and their buildings are becoming more and more monotonous towards the public space, telling less and less about their stories. 

With my photo series I explore the influence of facades on our perception of the city. For this I let them disappear digitally from the urban space and observe how the view of the space transforms when buildings have no faces! 

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