Today, the space frame lurks quietly behind the skins of buildings by Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, as well as regional shopping centres, but in the 1960s it was central to architects’ visions of utopian megastructures and a future of unlimited expansion.
Frank Gehry’s first skyscraper, the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere, is being marketed as “New York by Gehry” and rubs shoulders with City Hall and the Woolworth Building. But how much does it connect with the city around it?
The architect’s latest concert hall is an uncharacteristically box-like but highly sophisticated multimedia centre.
“It’s interesting to straddle these different worlds,” says Benjamin Ball, referring to the intermediate space between architecture and sculpture that Los Angeles design studio Ball-Nogues’ work occupies.
This cultural centre by the 103-year-old Brazilian legend reprises some classic Niemeyer motifs – but can it thrive in a changed global climate?
When we think of cities we think of skylines, just as mappers in the Renaissance did when they drew bird’s eye views of towns dominated by church steeples.
There’s no one like Reyner Banham today. Imagine a serious architecture critic writing a detailed analysis of crisps – their form, their packaging and the reasons why people assumed they weren’t fattening.
SANAA’s Summer Pavilion next to the Serpentine Gallery in London is like a giant spill of quicksilver, spreading between the trees of Kensington Gardens.
OMA's latest blockbuster is pretty modest by the standards of the last few years. In fact, it's a marquee.
Benedikt Taschen is going to sell the moon. Bits of it, anyway - later this year he'll be bringing out a book that includes fragments of lunar meteorite.
There is little doubt that Bilbao is famous - and this fame did not arise from the 17th-century maze of narrow streets and public squares that make up this small city in the Basque region of northern Spain.
A Spanish winery is home to a luxury, 43-bedroom hotel designed by Frank Gehry. The hotel comprises two buildings on the family-owned Marqués de Riscal estate, in the region of La Rioja in northern Spain.
The world has changed dramatically since the last great "ism" was codified almost a century ago. The social and economic conditions that inspired first artists, then architects and designers, to break with the past and propose a radical agenda for change now no longer exist in the West.
Richard Serra has completed the world’s largest sculptural installation at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and it forces us to see the building in an entirely new light.
Frank Gehry has completed his building for the MARTa Art and Design Centre in Herford, Germany. Rather than stainless steel or titanium, it is made of more traditional brick.