Why are we still enthralled by yesterday’s radicals? Because today’s visions of the future are so dull, writes Jay Merrick
Hugh Broughton’s Antarctic research station is part Archigram, part Thunderbirds – a series of brightly coloured modules on skis.
With only a week left to see The Vorticists at Tate Britain, we bring you Owen Hatherley’s review of this exhibition celebrating the “insurgent avant-garde” art movement that flourished in London before and during World War One.
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.
The AA brings together the debuts of the starchitects – can it offer any pointers to today’s young practices? Geoff Shearcroft looks for tips.
The Barbican’s survey of the architectural avant-garde over the last 50 years is like a members' club. You only make it in if you show the right kind of originality.
Peter Cook and Colin Fournier's much-anticipated Kunsthaus Graz is about to open, in time to catch the end of the Austrian city's tenure as European Capital of Culture 2003.
A retrospective of the work of the Italian collective Superstudio looks at how they took the logic of modernist rationalism to its absurd end. But how serious were they?