Tokujin Yoshioka creates a snowscape of white feathers as part of the “Sensing Nature” exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo
|THE VENICE BIENNALE OF ARCHITECTURE
29 AUGUST – 21 NOVEMBER
The highlight in a somewhat barren month of events is Venice’s 12th International Architecture Exhibition, which starts a little earlier than usual. Entitled People Meet in Architecture, the show is directed by architect Kazuyo Sejima of Japanese practice SANAA, fresh from the Pritzker Prize win. Sejima is the first woman to take the reins and she marks a return to having an architect as director after the historians and critics of recent years. As usual the vast show will be held at the Giardini, the Arsenale and other locations across Venice, with 56 nationalities participating.
Various locations, Venice
18 AUGUST – 3 OCTOBER
A series of films by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine explore the ways in which renowned contemporary buildings are actually used after the initial press buzz has faded. The filmmakers want to highlight the ways in which architecture can be idealised and show the often banal reality of everyday use. Buildings include Richard Meier’s Rome church, Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao, Herzog and de Meuron’s Pomerol winery and Koolhaas’ Maison à Bordeaux.
The Architecture Centre, Bristol
UNTIL 3 OCTOBER
Curated by San Francisco-based designer Yves Béhar, of industrial design studio Fuseproject, this exhibition explores how the boundary between the role of the designer and the consumer is disappearing. Subtitled Hackers, Modders, Fabbers, Tweakers, and Design in the Age of Individuality, the show features intentionally adaptable designs, such as the Eames Hack High Chair, alongside finished pieces that have been modified by the user.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
UNTIL 29 AUGUST
The Swedish Museum of Architecture sums up the last decade of architecture, urban interventions and interiors built in Sweden. Around 50 projects, selected by a jury, will be shown. Some will be represented by films commissioned especially for the exhibition. Among our favourites is the Piazza Taxingeplan in Tensta by International Festival and Front and Caruso St John’s Kalmar town square.
| THE DEFINITION OF SELF
UNTIL 3 NOVEMBER
Artists and designers take a look at identity.
21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo
| PARK NIGHTS
FRIDAYS UNTIL 17 OCTOBER, 8PM
Talks and events hosted in Nouvel’s scarlet pavilion..
Serpentine Gallery, London
| NEW TOPOGRAPHICS: PHOTOGRAPHS OF A MAN-ALTERED LANDSCAPE
UNTIL 3 OCTOBER
The restaging of a seminal 1975 exhibition.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
| VINTAGE AT GOODWOOD
A music festival enhanced by fashion and design.
The Goodwood Estate, Sussex
| CONVERSE/DAZED 2010 EMERGING ARTISTS AWARD
UNTIL 23 AUGUST
UK-based unsigned artists vie for a £6,000 prize.
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
| THE ORIGINAL COPY
1 AUGUST – 1 NOVEMBER
Subtitled Photography of Sculpture: 1839 to Today, the show looks at how one medium affects the other.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
| STOCKHOLM FASHION WEEK
Catch up on the best in ready-to-wear collections.
Various locations, Stockholm
| TOWARDS ZERO CARBON: FROM PIPE DREAM TO REALITY
26 AUGUST, 2PM
A seminar on the practicalities of sustainable design and zero carbon homes.
The Balcony Rooms, Birmingham
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