Icon 136: Museums 04.09.14

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Our October 2014 issue looked at the V&A's mannequins, Tate Britain's robots, Rogers' British Museum extension and the politics of designing the 9/11 museum exhibits. Scroll down for the contents and click through to read the articles online

Between 1994 and 2008 there was a museum building boom in the US, and elsewhere. Researchers at the University of Chicago document this explosion in a new book, Cultural Organisations: Building Arts Facilities in US Communities (due out early next year from Routledge), and their findings call into question the much anticipated Bilbao effect.

Though property prices increased in the vicinity of these cultural institutions, the poor were displaced. An astonishing 80 per cent were over budget, some by as much as 200 per cent. Supply also exceeded demand and, with disappointing revenues and unanticipated expenses, cities were faced with paying to maintain cultural centres they didn't need.

In this issue, we look at several new North American museums that seem to suggest another wave of construction is underway.
All are by non-resident architects: Tadao Ando at the Clark Art Institute, Renzo Piano at the Whitney, Peter Zumthor at LACMA, and Fumihiko Maki in Toronto. We also look at the political complexities faced by Jake Barton of Local Projects, a firm specialising in interactive exhibits, when working on the emotionally charged displays of the new 9/11 Museum.

Elsewhere, we visit Hauser & Wirth's new rural gallery in Somerset (above) and Richard Rogers' extension to the British Museum, and look behind the scenes at the robots that will patrol Tate Britain at night and at the creation of the V&A's bespoke mannequins. The latter's uncanny poses are echoed in Klaus Pichler's photos of the skeletons and taxidermy that animate the basement storage chambers of Vienna's Natural History Museum.

With this issue, subscribers will also receive the tenth anniversary issue of the Icon Design Trail, your pocket-sized guide to the best of the London Design Festival.

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Christopher Turner



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In this issue, we look at several new North American museums that seem to suggest another wave of construction is underway



Clark Art Institute Tadao Ando unites the Clark's mismatched buildings with Zen-like galleries, walkways and pools

Local projects Jake Barton has the delicate job of devising displays for the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Hauser & Wirth A rural Somerset town gets its art fix thanks to one of the world's leading galleries

Mannequins The art of fitting dummies for fashion exhibitions: from women in corsets to Ziggy-era Bowie

The Aga Khan Museum Dazzling white buildings by Fumihiko Maki and Charles Correa face each other across a formal garden

After dark Remote-controlled robots roam Tate Britain at night

Klaus Pichler Grizzly bears and deadly sharks lurk in the basement of Vienna's Natural History Museum


Fantasy furniture for Britain's top architects, a Vietnamese house that makes space for trees, Pierre Charpin in Le Corbusier's Unité, objects made from human hair, Lars Beller Fjetland on Norwegian design, a thread-wrapped trophy for the Icon Awards, Rogers, Stirk Harbour + Partners at the British Museum, a Japanese furniture brand born from natural disaster, Peter Zumthor on his plans for LACMA, our 2014 graduate review, and a preview of 100% Design

Reviews: Disobedient Objects, Malevich at Tate Modern, the rise and fall of Paul Rudolph and Kubrick's filmsets

Icon of the month: The solar panel

Crimes Against Design: 3D printing

Rethink: Athletics takes on New York's parking signage

Five most wanted: Constance Guisset's inspiring objects

Private view: Film posters by Hans Hillmann


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