Est. 2006, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; formerly known as Rietveld Landscape

Founded in 2006 by brothers Erik and Ronald Rietveld, RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances]—formerly known as Rietveld Landscape—is a design and research studio operating at the crossroads of architecture, science, and art. For the 13th Istanbul Biennial they proposed an installation in Taksim Square that could not be realized once the Gezi Resistance began and police aggressively occupied that space. Intensive Care (2013) was to take the form of a pulsating light that began slowly and progressed to a “crisis” tempo. It would be projected through the façade of the Atatürk Cultural Center and cast over Taksim Square. Even though they were unable to use the Atatürk Cultural Center, RAAAF still participated in the Biennial by creating a small model that illustrated their original idea. Rietveld describes the iconic Atatürk Cultural Center as a reflection of “the precarious situation in Istanbul” and the city’s current debates about freedom of speech.



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