Dunne & Raby envisages four futures for the United Kingdom, each displaying a different attitude to technology. Will Wiles considers the options.
This year, there’s a guide to the most interesting features of the London Design Festival on an actual design object: the smart ebike, sponsor of the 2013 Icon Design Trail. You will be able to follow a route, specially devised by designers and artists, while enjoying the adventure of a ride on the latest electric bike technology.
Architect Gluck+ has designed a house for its principal that evokes the feeling of being in a treehouse from the comfort of a rooftop terrace.
Edwin Heathcote explores São Paulo's sagging infrastructure and is inspired by its crowded, lively public spaces and a new cultural centre. Christopher Turner meets several Paulistan designers, a younger generation inspired by the Campana brothers but forging their own unique style. We also visit Inhotim, an art park in the Brazilian mountains, and talk to Daniel Libeskind about his first building in South America.
Haworth Tompkins’ red box on London’s South Bank tests directors and actors in an intimate space and highlights the contrast between temporary and permanent structures.
Marcel Duchamp is the ghost at the party at this exhibition about his influence on four great American artists, says Fleur Darkin.
The London that rose up in the 1960s and 70s proved inherently cinematic, luring film-makers such as Kubrick and Truffaut to its new offices and housing estates. But the dystopian visions of these directors were to create an indelible link in the public imagination between modernism and failure.
August’s highlights include Richard Rogers at the Royal Academy, an exhibition of Scandinavian architecture, a walk-in memory palace at the V&A, the Thames Estuary in art, the work of Zaha Hadid, Jerwood Makers Open, and visions of the universe.
|Richard Rogers: Inside Out||The Museum of Everything||Light Houses: Young Nordic Architecture|
|Royal Academy of Arts, London||Hayward Gallery, London||Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki|
|Until 13 October 2013||Until 26 August 2013||Until 22 September 2013|
|Organised to mark Richard Rogers’ 80th birthday, Inside Out is a glimpse into how the architect thinks, his architecture and his observations on how the way the city works affects the people who live in it, through a selection of his unseen original material, drawings and personal items.
|Set up in 2009, the Museum of Everything is one of the leading international promoters of self-taught and non-traditional art. London’s Tate Modern,
the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Russia and Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli in Italy are some of its major collaborators. This exhibition, at the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre, is part of Alternative Guide to the Universe, a journey into the imagination of artists, unlicensed architects, fringe physicists and visionary inventors – an opportunity to see the world we live in from a quirky perspective.
The work of 32 Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian architects are on display in this exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The original version of the exhibition, curated by Peter MacKeith, was presented at the Venice Biennale in 2012. The Biennale theme “common ground” has been applied in Light Houses to analyse the principal aspects of contemporary Nordic architecture: sustainable and responsible use of light, materials and landscape, and the simplicity of the built form.
|Zaha Hadid – World Architecture||Architectural Gems||Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace|
|DAC Architecture Centre, Denmark||Arcam Architecture Centre, Amsterdam||Victoria and Albert Museum, London|
|Until 29 September 2013||Until 21 September 2013||Until 20 October 2013|
The Danish Architecture Centre celebrates the work of Zaha Hadid in the Pritzer Prize winning architect’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia. The exhibition design is by Zaha Hadid Architects and aims to create “a borderless scenic universe” to show off the architect’s parametric buildings, which including the MAXXI Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the BMW Central Building in Leipzig and the Ordrupgaard art museum annexe in the north of Copenhagen.
|Arcam focuses its attention on the architecture, politics and functions of bridge control buildings. The network of bridges that characterise the city of Amsterdam helped create a range of architectural styles in this typology – Hendrik Petrus Berlage, Aldo van Eyck and Piet Kramer were among those who designed such structures. The exhibition tells the story of the buildings against the background of local and national change. Artist Katia Shinagawa has produced 1:25 scale replicas of each, and infographics, photographs and archive material explain more about these unusual structures.
Novelist Hari Kunzru has imagined a future London without technology, information and knowledge in his latest piece of fiction, Memory Palace. This exhibition brings together this work with that of 20 illustrators, graphic designers and typographers, who have been commissioned to interpret Kunzru’s writing and create a walk-in story. The immersive exhibition experience begins in a prison, where a member of a banned sect that has revived the “art of memory” clings to what he can remember and the belief that, without memory, civilisation is doomed.
|Estuary||Jerwood Makers Open 2013||Visions of the Universe|
|Museum of London, Docklands||Jerwood Visual Arts, London||National Maritime Museum, London|
|Until 27 October 2013||Until 25 August 2013||Until 15 September 2013|
Estuary brings together the work of 12 artists who have been inspired by the outer limits of the River Thames, where the river becomes the sea. With its landscape of desolate mudflats and saltmarshes, vast open skies, container ports, power stations and seaside resorts, the estuary has inspired artists through the ages. Through film, photography, painting and printmaking, they offer an insight into this compelling environment. The exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of the Museum of London Docklands, a converted warehouse on West India Quay.
Five internationally acclaimed applied artists have received an unique opportunity to develop new ideas central to their individual practice. As part of Jerwood Makers Open 2013, £7,500 commissions were awarded to conceptual artist Maisie Broadhead, jeweller Linda Brothwell, ceramicist Adam Buick, paper artist Nahoko Kojima and textile artist Roanna Wells. The completed commissions will be unveiled for the first time at the Jerwood Visual Arts gallery in London before touring the UK.
Visions of the Universe shows how we have captured images of the stars, planets and galaxies over the centuries, from the earliest hand-drawings, to photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, to the latest footage from the Mars Curiosity rover. It also features photographic works by Turner prize-winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans and contributions and insights from prominent figures in the world of astronomy. The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of pioneering astronomer, writer and presenter Sir Patrick Moore.
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