Issue 9 of OSA investigates 'Artifice': In our consumerist world, as well as the extension of our worldvirtually, where technology no longer remains a tool or reflectionbut a world we are learning to live in, the role of artifice is becomingan unavoidable, relevant debate. It has many different interpretationand meaning, both positive and negative, considering the acceptanceof the idea. The digital age has brought the rise of the public façade,a tool to manipulate public perception and divert from the lessperfect reality. In architecture we can see the rise of pastiche, amimic of history and the crafts and values of the time. But whatdoes this say about the world we live in? Is the modern world purelyartifice or is there authenticity within this?
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