The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 13

EFFICIENT ART + ARCHITECTURE IN
A SENIORS' SOCIAL HOUSING PROJECT
by IAN ELLINGHAM, PHD, OAA, FRAIC, WITH DORIS BILITZ, BA AND LUCINDA HARP, ARIDO

here it was in the project documentation: a small allowance for special
wall treatment. It was in the mid-1980s, and I was reviewing the drawings
and specifications for a small seniors' housing project. Puzzled, I asked the
architect whether it was left over from the last time he had used his specifications template. No, it was meant to be there, he explained obtusely; it was
effectively an art budget. Of course, it could not be called an art budget in a modest
social housing project with government funding. The project board seemed happy with
the notion of a special wall treatment.
Eventually, the time came to spend the "special wall treatment" allowance. An
abstract wool-and-mirror hanging was commissioned for the lobby, and duly appeared.
I was not sure about it, but there it was. A few years later, for a second phase, more
"special wall treatment" was required and the same artist prepared another wool
hanging, one featuring "life-masks" of the board members who had put so much time
and effort into the projects.

PHOTO COURTESY: DORIS BILITZ

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018

Message from the Board
Art & Architecture
UX and Architecture
Index to Advertisers
Locations
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The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - Message from the Board
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - Art & Architecture
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The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - UX and Architecture
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The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - Locations
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