23. The Newest Architectural Feature?
The discipline of architecture doesn't, technically speaking, include street art. Or colloquially speaking. Or any way of speaking, for that matter. And yet, neighbourhoods and even individual buildings are increasingly being judged by their street art.
Of course, many neighbourhoods, homes and buildings are perfectly beautiful the way they were built. You wouldn't, for example, want to further adorn the Burj Khalifa, Chrysler Building or Petronas Towers.
But if you happen to be the owner of a relatively modern, but somewhat banal building, street art can add a distinct dash of splash:
|Apartment in Valencia, Spain. Artist: Julieta.|
|Apartment in Gdansk Poland.|
photo via mrpilgrim.co.uk
|Apartment in working-class Barcelona district.|
|Building in gentrifying Valencia neighbourhood. Artist: Ericailcane.|
That may not be as direct as tackling the root causes of poverty, but you have to start somewhere. Besides street art can act as a community revenue stream, flowing tourists dollars to local stores, galleries and restaurants; and attracting investment dollars with which to create better facilities.
Street art can do big things, like promoting a country's cultural identity: