Adrian Smith made his name as a creator of giants: he is the architect responsible for several of the tallest buildings in the world, including Dubai’s 828m Burj Khalifa, and is designing several more. So, what do you do next if you know the sky is the limit?
Affordable 3D printers are bringing fantasies of home production closer to fulfilment, but the objects produced on them so far have been of relatively poor quality. In this issue, however, we look into the future at the possibilities rapid prototyping might offer – from cities that replicate themselves, to the “biologically inspired” designs our cover star Neri Oxman is creating at MIT.
This month David Bowie comes to the V&A and London’s Design Museum displays its designs of the year. There’s also a history of the line in art at the Pompidou-Metz, SCI-Arc’s look back at 1979, an urban advice bureau, contemporary designers working with wood, new towns in theory and in practice, and a survey of young Chinese artists.
The Hungarian architect Stefan Sebök worked with legends of the Bauhaus and of Soviet constructivism. A new book reveals more about his work but, as Edwin Heathcote discovers, Sebök himself remains elusive.
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