For a few years now, we’ve been in the middle of a “building boom.” Hundreds of large condominiums have been put in place and onstream, and many office towers and hotels, as well as a heady replacement of performance arts centres, museums and college and medical facilities.

Cynics would describe this as vanity, greed and inhumanness; but there may be more accurate ways to look at it. We who occupy the world of graphic art might look upon the huge shapes and strange, imposing and also delicate forms as being part of the trajectory of modern and contemporary avant-garde movements like Constructivism, Bauhaus and Surrealism, and also the omnipresent art deco amenities.

The audacity and playfulness at the heart of these structures might be about meeting challenges to engage with some effectiveness that new global format weighing upon formerly quite hassle-free success.

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