This 2G issue focuses on the work of Tony Fretton, who, along with Jim McKinney, designed the AG Leventis Gallery in Nicosia.
Mark Cousins on Tony Fretton:
“The work of Tony Fretton raises questions that are awkward in terms of the current culture of architectural criticism and theory. The first question is so obvious that it is not obvious – what is it exactly that architects design? – where this question must be answered architecturally rather than philosophically or conventionally. Secondly, where do architects design for? Again this is a question that should be answered architecturally rather than in terms of the site or in terms of the building as an installation. Thirdly, who or what do they design for? Where the answer to the question can neither be as narrow as the client nor as broad as “society”. Such questions provide me with an entry to his work. It will be plain that it is driven by my interest and my pleasure, but the issue goes beyond that to touch upon what distinguishes his work from so many of his contemporaries and sets him in a certain tension with contemporary architectural culture.”