“Lost Horizon” represents a
critique of themes related to the professional practice and socialized ideal
of architecture, its enveloping culture of construction, and the ironic
ideals that emerge from assumptions of progress.
Any context related to architecture is also related to
urbanism or to the iconic status of buildings as well as to the transient
nature of city living. The city is a landscape in a state of constant flux,
first in terms of outward appearance or beauty, second in the power systems
supported by these appearances, and third by the sense of space that is
transmuted by the interaction of so many disparate forms of expression.
The approach to an identifiable reality represented by
the title of this exhibition is intentionally misleading. A play on words,
the Lost in Lost Horizon is meant to imply an obscuring of truth rather than
its being misplaced or misrepresented. There’s an old expression that truth
is in the details but the details can lie and that the truth is often hidden
among them. The same is true of a city, it is such a large place or context
that it hides many truths while seeming to signify one large truth about
progress and what it means to us.