MAD has landed an abstract metallic object in the middle of the Inner Mongolian desert, hoping to shape the barren region’s cultural identity.
In Vardø, an island at the most northeasterly point of Norway, Pritzker prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor and artist Louise Bourgeois collaborated on a monument to 91 witches burned at the stake in the 17th century.
Mieke Meijer and Dutch firm Vij5 have invented a process to make wood out of paper and invited other designers to test out the new material.
Here is the second in our series of exclusive previews of the OMA in Conversation series, featuring Rem Koolhaas, the co-founder of OMA speaking about Progress.
The Turner-prize nominated sculptor is inspired by classic pieces of modernist furniture and reinterprets them to make "places, not things".
Icon 102 is out now and the theme of the new issue is “Fire”. We interview Peter Zumthor, who recently completed a memorial to 91 witches who were burned at the stake in the 17th century on the Arctic island of Vardø, Norway, in collaboration with Louise Bourgeois.
Estudio Huma’s landmark school complex in south-east Spain is a splash of artificial green in the scorched desert landscape.
|New Energy in Design and Art||PAD New York||World Architecture Festival|
|Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam||Park Avenue Armory, New York||Various venues, Barcelona|
|Until 26 February 2012||10–14 November 2011||2–4 November 2011|
|Energy-conscious design isn’t all about ugly lightbulbs and carpets made of hemp. At least that’s what Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is trying to prove with an exhibition on alternative sustainable design. Imaginative projects by Joris Laarman, Dunne & Raby, Philippe Rahm, Tomas Libertiny and other leading artists and designers should make for a fascinating show.
|After successful events in Paris and London, the Pavilion of Art and Design fair arrives in New York this month, at the Park Avenue Armory. With a range of decorative and modern art, design, photography and jewellery on show, 49 international galleries will be offering up works from the 1890s to the present for visitors to see and buy. Featured designers include Ron Arad and Michael Eden (pictured).
|World Architecture Festival returns for its fourth year in Barcelona with the theme of Difference. With over 500 worldwide entries competing for a WAF award, including Foster & Partners’ Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York (pictured), jurors include Michael Sorkin, Ben van Berkel and Odile Decq. The event also marks the launch of sister festival Inside, an event dedicated to interior design, including entries by Hooba Design, Gray Puksand and 212 Architecture.
|Jim Campbell: Exploded View||Terence Conran||The Art of Mapping|
|San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco||16 November 2011 – 4 March 2012||The Air Gallery, London|
|5 November 2011 – 25 September 2012||16 November 2011 – 4 March 2012||14–26 November 2011|
|San Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell has created a new installation for SFMoMA’s Haas Atrium. Composed of hundreds of computer-controlled LED lights, the piece creates the illusion of fleeting three-dimensional figures. By offering a number of vantage points, Campbell places the viewer at the centre of his work and explores the boundaries of perception and moving-image displays.
|The Design Museum marks Sir Terence Conran’s 80th birthday with this major exhibition exploring his impact on contemporary British life. From postwar austerity to the 1951 Festival of Britain, the inception of the Independent Group and the 1960s pop explosion, it traces the transformation of contemporary Britain through archive material, art and design, models and graphics, alongside Conran’s designs.
|TAG Fine Arts present an exhibition of creative cartography at London’s Air Gallery this month. A selection of exploratory works by Grayson Perry, Stephen Walter, Heidi Whitman (pictured) and other artists investigate the map’s potential as an art form rather than an objective diagram. We look forward to seeing Simon Patterson’s famously doctored underground map, The Great Bear (1992) and Susan Stockwell’s plan of the British Isles made using discarded computer parts.
|Architecture on Film: Mur Murs/Get Out of the Car||Unbuilt Washington||Imperfect Health|
|Barbican Centre, London||National Building Museum, Washington DC||Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal|
|29 November 2011||19 November 2011 – 28 May 2012||Until 1 April 2012|
|The Architecture Foundation presents a double bill of documentaries inspired by the rich urban scenography of LA this month, as part of its popular Architecture on Film series at the Barbican Centre. Thom Andersen’s 2010 film Get Out of the Car (Icon 090) gives a nostalgic view of the city’s beaten-up billboards and faded signs, while in Mur Murs (1981) Agnès Varda turns her lens on the colourful murals and paintings that give Venice Beach its unique character.
|This month, America’s National Building Museum presents a selection of architectural proposals for Washington DC that never made it off the page. Alternative designs for the city’s most important buildings, such as John Russell Pope’s 1912 pyramidal structure for the Lincoln Memorial (pictured), give a fascinating picture of what the city could have looked like. The exhibition will attempt to explore the political, economic and technical reasons why plans like Pope’s were never put into action.
|In the latest of its thematic exhibitions, the CCA takes a critical look at the complex relationships between architecture, the city and people’s health – a reflection of a society increasingly concerned with rising levels of obesity, stress and allergies to pollen and pollution. Imperfect Health dissects the ways architects and urbanists have traditionally planned to overcome these issues, questioning their effectiveness at solving real medical problems.
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